Organ Transplant?Who Decides By Deisy Torres
For many years, only organs from an identical twin closer or a close relative could be used for transplant. However, new ant rejection drug that either fool the immune system or block its action have been developed. The enables organs to be use even if the donor is not a family member. However, there are people needing transplants that there are organ donors.
Sources of Organs
Most organs used for transplantation today are from accident victims. These organs come from individuals who are brain dead, but whose organs continue to function. Some potential donors have been kept ?alive? by machines. When their families have agreed to donate their organs are saved and implanted in recipients who need them.
In order to make this process as efficient and as fair as possible, a computerized network called the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has been set up by more than 140 organ transplant center in United States. Each Network member maintains information on patients who need organs and where these patients are located. The transplant centers also maintain records of the donor?s major histocompatibility complex (MHC), blood type, and other data. MHC is a measurement of the kinds
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