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Which organs are or should be in high demand?

Asked by KNOWITALL (24081points) April 3rd, 2019

I was thinking about organ donation and wondered what human organs are in demand?
Do they use all the parts or just a few?
What would YOU replace?!

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Dutchess_lll's avatar

Probably kidneys are #1.
Hearts #2.
Brains #3.
Just guessing.

kritiper's avatar

Hearts and lungs, separately and as sets.
Kidneys.
Livers.
Eyes.
I would replace my nose.

seawulf575's avatar

@Dutchess_lll There are so many brains in this world that I believe have never been used. I bet there could be some real steals out there!

I guess any of the organs could be replaced, though I think hearts, kidneys and livers are probably the most popular. Lungs can be transplanted too, but I don’t think the long term survival rate is great with lungs. Many other organs aren’t quite as vital.
If I could replace something? Nothing comes to mind. I’m pretty content.

anniereborn's avatar

I would replace my eyes if they could be the ones of a young adult with perfect vision.

Pandora's avatar

I agree with heart and lungs is probably harder to come by.
I wouldn’t replace any of my organs. They are all functioning fine for now and people with transplants always risk rejection. I mean none of my parts are brand spanking new, but I figure they may last me another 20 or 30 years.

SmartAZ's avatar

Youtube has a flood of videos about carousel organs. Even very old models get repaired and put on display.

KNOWITALL's avatar

My cousin passed a few months ago and her eyes were donated. Apparently its up to the recipient to make contact if they choose.

Anyone know how much of one person CAN be used? I know it depends on the health of the organs.

I’m going to an atty in a week to finalize my paperwork, so thanks for not thinking I’m maudlin. Just curious.

janbb's avatar

I’ve offered anything that can be used. I have no need to pick and choose.

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LuckyGuy's avatar

if anyone has an extra prostate they’re not using give me a call. Please keep associated wiring and plumbing attached to facilitate installation.

Zaku's avatar

I’m hoping to stick with original parts.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Zaku Hey, you never know!

Dutchess_III's avatar

@KNOWITALL Pretty sure there is no limit to what organs can be used as long as the person has agreed to be an organ donor and the organs are acceptable. I don’t know why there even would be.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Donors are “parted out,” like a wrecked old car. Not just organs, but ligaments and other fun stuff. When I tore my ACL, I had the option to have a cadaver ACL transplant, or use part of my patellar tendon. The cadaver ligaments have a much faster healing time, but there is a chance that the body rejects them. I didn’t opt for the dead guys ACL.

Patty_Melt's avatar

I think skin is used a lot, because burn survivors.

My face has very large pores. At times I have considered having skin grafted from my smooth pink perfect azz.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Party Melt Haha!

@MrGrimm Parted out makes sense, just want the parameters. Guess I need to study up.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^To my understanding, they take almost everything. Even damaged organs have research/educational purposes.

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janbb's avatar

@KNOWITALL In my advance care directive, I didn’t specify which organs they could take but I did specify for which purposes they could be used.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Can you give an example of what they can *not *be used for @janbb?

janbb's avatar

I think the only one I ticked for them not to use them for was “education.”

MrGrimm888's avatar

^If they’re ripping parts out of you anyways, what’s the difference?

janbb's avatar

@MrGrimm888 I shared what I shared and have no need to justify my decisions or discuss this further. Chacun a son gout.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^I wasn’t trying to be offensive, or judgemental. I’m sorry.

I personally have a lot of issues with having an autopsy (or anything similarly invasive ) performed on my dead body, and was curious about your thoughts on how your body is treated after death.
I’ve started a couple threads, in the past, about how to avoid an autopsy. Your response, in regards to this thread, may have helped me with my issues…

janbb's avatar

Apology accepted. Will pm you later.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

I plan to be cremated. Just don’t think about it.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I suppose that it ultimately doesn’t matter. In billions of years, our Sun will swell into a Red Giant, and vaporize the Earth…

Dutchess_III's avatar

Right? None of it will matter and time will go on.

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