Monday, January 09, 2006

Sharon carries an Organ Donor card

An interesting point about the Sharon illness that has been overlooked by much of the blogging community is Sharon’s recent registration as an organ donor.
Haaretz reports:
“Prime Minister Ariel Sharon carries an organ donor card supplied by the Israel Transplant Center and the Adi Association, and volunteered to have his organs donated after his death.

Sharon signed the organ donor card last May, during a project in the Knesset intended to encourage MKs to donate their organs. The plan was to have politicians serve as role models in the hope that their lead would sway the Israeli public, only a small percentage of whom carry donor cards. Out of the 120 MKs, 90 agreed to donate their organs.”

Whether or not you agree with his politics, I think Sharon and these other 90 members of the Israeli parliament, should serve as an example to us in reminding us of the value of pikuach nefesh.

Rabbi Shraga Simmons of writes that “Organ donation is permitted in the case when an organ is needed for a specific, immediate transplant. In such a case, it is a great mitzvah for a Jew to donate organs to save another person's life.”

The article continues to discuss Sharon’s motives for being registered
"Sharon did the whole thing with a smile, not with a lot of ideology," recalled one MK. "He said, `I don't know if they'll still want my organs at my age.'"

Indeed, Sharon had a point: There is a slim chance that any of the 78-year-old's organs will be in a good enough state to transplant. Sharon's heart and corneas will certainly not be taken. The only possibility is that doctors will consider harvesting Sharon's kidneys.

Does this inspire you to become an organ donor?


Ittay said...

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ifyouwillit said...

I have often pondered the halchaic implications of carrying an organ donor card, thanks for the reminder.

Tovya @ Zion Report said...

it's kind of a scary proposition really. My biggest fear would be that Shimon Peres would need a liver transplant, and I would be in critical condition at hadassah at the same time.

and instead of saving me, shabak would kill me, and then they would use my liver to save Peres.

i know, it's far fetched, but losing an organ and your life for use by Peres is a scary of enough proposition for anyone.


Greg said...

Yes...the fact that 90(how 'bout 'em Arab M.K.s!?) M.K.s signed an organ donation card definitely inspires me to follow in their footsteps. It would be interesting to hear which M.K.s these were(that has to do with Tovya's comment:)

I'd be interested in reading a follow-up commentary article on this subject.

Be'tikva, Eitan.

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