134 kilos of meat a year! That is the average weight of a cow being slaughtered in the United States. This is a heavy weight for a veggie, so I thought of how many people in the world have been given a single kidney or liver. (I’m not counting that one.
134 kilos of meat a year is an average number of people that would be allotted some of the liver, kidney, and heart that would be sold in a supermarket in the United States every year.
Not the number of people in the world that are on dialysis, but the number of people that would be allotted a single liver, kidney, and heart. That would be an average number of people being given a single organ each year.
Not that it’s a good idea to count all the organs that are available to be sold in a hospital every year. There are no statistics on how many people are on treatment because it’s illegal. If you are on dialysis, you would have to take medications to maintain the same condition. On the other hand, I’m not sure that it’s a bad idea to think of how many people would be allotted a kidney each year.
How many? Not many. But every year there are many more who will die, and their kidneys will need to be replaced. People will need to be given new kidneys as well, and even more people will need to be given heart transplants.
A good number of people are not on dialysis because they are too busy to take care of themselves. Others have a kidney transplant, but the new organs are too big, so a very few people will need a dialysis machine. But the number of people who will be on dialysis increases every year.
It’s one thing to have to look far to find an organ donor. It’s a fairly easy thing to find a transplant recipient, but it’s a harder thing to find an organ donor. People who have a new kidney will need to take the time to look up the list of those who died of a specific disease in a particular year. If they don’t find a match, the organ will need to be donated.
The idea that organs are limited to the human race only is one of the most ridiculous notions. The human race is still growing in its growth, and one day we might need a whole new organ, just like the people of the year 1,000. But at least we have the ability to make one.
I don’t know about you, but I am a huge fan of organ donation. It’s a good thing. I bet it’s a good thing that we’re able to help others, and that it’s safe. But in reality, I don’t know what organs are for. I don’t know if someone in need even wants to be organ donor, let alone get one.
If you have no idea what organ donation is for, you probably don’t need it. Every organ has a donor on it, and for a long time, most organ transplant patients were able to donate their own organs. This has always been a very high-risk procedure for the donor, because the patient may not survive if they don’t perform the organ transplantation. At one point, in the mid-2000s, about 90% of organ transplant patients survived the surgery.