Why I decided to become an organ donor

NORTHERN STAR | Brooklynn Schmidgall

Being an organ donor could be tough decision for some, but to me, it never was. The way I look at it, why not? Once I’m dead and gone, my heart, my liver, my eyes, etc. — they’ll all be of no use to me.

I want someone else to have them rather than having my body parts rot in the ground or burnt up during cremation. If I can help, even in death, of course I will.

A new proposed law would allow teens, rather than their parents, to decide what will become of their organs if the worst becomes reality. Honestly, this is a non-issue in my eyes. My view on the topic of organ donation has been the same for as long as I’ve known about it.

When I was 16, I asked at the DMV about having it specified on my license that if I were to be in some sort of tragic accident that as many of my organs as possible were to be dispersed to those in need of new ones. I was told that at 16, I couldn’t make that legal decision and that I should discuss my wishes with my parents who could decide in that scenario.

At 18, I registered online, and now the decision is as legally binding as it can be. There’s always a chance that family members can refuse, but mine never would. I’ve told them all how important it is to me that if something bad happens to me, something good must come out of it. Continue reading
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