Petition Tag - transplant

1. Karen's Law: create an "opt-out" system in the United States

The United States and many other countries all use what is commonly referred to as the “opt-in” organ donation system, in which individuals have to sign up to become a donor before their death, and then the final decision to use the organs from a given individual’s body rests with the potential donor’s family after their death.

Some European countries (including France Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Norway and Sweden) have shed the restrictions of the opt-in system in favor of an opt-out system. The opt-out system presumes that all individuals would consent to have their organs used for transplant. Instead of having to go out of one’s way to participate, a person would be presumed a donor (still with the permission of their families) unless they specifically object. This system has been praised massively because of the huge positive impact that it has had on the total pool of potential donors.

In Belgium, for example, only 3-4% opt out, leaving 96-97% of the population still in the pool of potential donors, as compared with the roughly 30% of Americans who are organ donors in the opt-in system we have here. Advocates of the opt-out system point out the enormously increased number of potential donors as one the main benefit. The organ shortage that is faced worldwide would be altered dramatically.

Today, many organs are buried or cremated, when it is possible that they could have been used to save a life. A system of presumed consent would enable those who object to organ donation to have their views respected while at the same time pushing for the maximum possible donation rate from a given population.

The opt-out system would also take some of the enormous amount of pressure off of the grieving families of potential donors. The opt-out system takes this responsibility off of the grieving family and relies on the decision made by the donor himself.

2. Save Lives Through Presumed Organ Donation :: Sauver des vies grâce au consentement présumé de don d’organes

4500+ Canadians currently await an organ transplant because the need for replacement organs far exceeds the available supply. for waitlist individuals, this leads to debilitated lifestyle, critical care intervention, or premature death. sadly, hundreds of preventable deaths result each year due to organ shortages.

Presently, the organ donation registration process varies across Canada. only 2 provinces have an official organ donation registration system in place (BC & Ontario). for the remaining provinces/territories, organ donation of the deceased individual is ultimately vulnerable to omission or disregard: within the extant system, family members are empowered to make the final decision.

In conducted health polls, 95% of Canadians answered that they would accept an organ in the event they needed one. additionally, the majority of these surveyed individuals were not in fact opposed to the idea of organ donation but rather quite the opposite. so if the majority of the nation supports the idea of organ donation, then why have so few actually registered?

The establishment of a federal organ donor registry would bridge this gap. Upon legal age, citizens would be automatically registered as willing organ donors in the event of a premature death. to ensure personal freedom and rights are protected for every citizen, each individual would be provided with the option to legally unlist from the registry. in the case of a minor, the choice to donate would become a legal guardian responsibility. presumed organ donation would more accurately represent the disposition of Canadian citizens, minimize premature death based on organ shortages, while still protecting personal freedoms and rights.

How can you help eradicate the organ shortage crisis? a bill will be proposed to the Government of Canada (with the signatures added to this petition) which will state:

Let it be recognized that every citizen of Canada of legal age be registered in a Federal Presumed Organ Donor Registry unless otherwise specified by the individual right to unlist.

PLEASE, sign the petition and forward the link. join us in raising our voices to make a difference in our nation… because WE can.

Sauver des vies grâce au consentement présumé de don d’organes

Plus de 4500 Canadiens sont actuellement en attente d’une transplantation d’organes parce que le besoin pour le remplacement d’organes est supérieur aux dons disponibles. Cet état de fait peut compromettre la qualité de vie des gens dont le nom figure sur la liste d’attente. Plusieurs individus doivent recevoir des soins intensifs et certains mourront de façon prématurée. Ainsi, des centaines de morts surviennent chaque année à cause de ce manque d’organes.

Pour l’instant, les registres de dons d’organes diffèrent à travers le Canada. Seulement deux provinces – l’Ontario et la Colombie-Britannique possèdent un registre officiel de donneurs d’organes. Pour les autres provinces et territoires, le prélèvement d’organes de la personne décédée est susceptible d’être omis ou même de ne pas être envisagé.

D’après des sondages portant sur la santé, 95 pour cent des Canadiens ont indiqué qu’ils accepteraient de recevoir un organe en cas de besoin. Ainsi, la majorité des gens interrogés étaient favorables au don d’organes. Alors pourquoi si peu d’entre eux ont-ils clairement exprimé leur volonté?

La mise sur pied d’un registre fédéral officiel viendrait combler ce vide. Au moment d’atteindre la majorité, les citoyens seraient d’emblée considérés comme des donneurs potentiels en cas de mort prématurée. Pour garantir la liberté individuelle et la protection de chaque citoyen, chaque personne se verrait offrir le choix de se désister officiellement de ce registre. Dans le cas d’un mineur, la décision du don reviendrait aux parents ou au tuteur légal. Le consentement présumé de don d’organes correspondrait davantage à la position des Canadiens sur la question et contribuerait à réduire le nombre de morts prématurées liées au manque d’organes tout en protégeant le choix et la liberté de chacun.

Comment aider à réduire le manque d’organes disponibles ? Un projet de loi sera proposé au Gouvernement canadien (et sera accompagné des signatures de cette pétition) et se lira comme suit :

Reconnaissons que chaque citoyen canadien ayant atteint l’âge de la maturité fasse partie du registre de consentement présumé de don d’organes à moins d’un désistement volontaire.

SVP, signez la pétition et faites suivre ce lien. Vous aussi, vous pouvez faire une différence. D’après Transplant Québec, « un donneur d’organes peut sauver jusqu’à 8 vies. Un donneur d’organes peut aussi aider jusqu’à 15 autres personnes par le don de tissus. »

Nous, soussignés, invitons le Gouvernement canadien à mettre en place un système de consentement présumé de don d’organes afin de réduire le manque actuel et d’ainsi sauver des vies.

3. Organ donation Education in schools should be mandatory

We live in a province where people die each day because Ontarians do not sign up as organ donors because we are not properly educated on the benefits of organ donation.

All we know about organ donating is the question once every 5 years when you renew your Ohip card.
The Government just donated $10Million dollars to a foreign country (Libya) to help them with weapons and peace. Why don't they rather spend some money and save their own citizens?


Declaration of Human Rights

Article 25 (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.


Bernard "Go-Go" Pettaway by those who know and LOVE him, is the recipient of this petition and after you read his story it WILL compel you to take action along with us if you have a heart.

The purpose for this petition is to get help for our loved one who was in Harbor UCLA Hospital in The County of Los Angeles fighting for his life and in desperate need of a transplant.

Over 4 months ago Bernard Pettaway was hospitalized for severe abdominal pain and went through extensive surgery where doctors removed both his large and small intestines something we had never heard of before. This condition and surgery the doctors thought left Bernard with 48 hours to live but God heard our prayers and spared Bernard's life because it was only a miracle that he pulled through. Bernard remained in a coma for several days but we did not give up hope and eventually Bernard woke up from his coma and was able to breathe on his own.

Now for the unbelievable part of this whole situation:

Bernard has no means to eat anything by mouth or drink anything without any intestines. But there is a medical transplant that can be done to grant Bernard the opportunity to live where he will be able to eat and drink, and we have donors who are ready to be tested and who have stepped forward in this fight to help save Bernard. However, the doctors, particularly Dr. Kim at Harbor UCLA refuses to do the procedure or recommend the surgery and has since released Bernard from the hospital still without the possibility to eat or drink, this is inhumane treatment to do to anyone.

This is a injustice to Bernard who is so full of life. Dr. Kim says, “He is not a candidate or class "A" patient so the surgery is not available to him.” WHY? This is a travesty of justice and a violation of Bernard's Human Rights to just sit back and do nothing while Bernard is being denied the ability to eat and drink.

So what do the doctors suppose that we do just sit back and watch him suffer and die? Heaven forbid, the fight for justice for Bernard has just begun, will you help us fight? Will you let Bernard's voice be heard through you?

What would anyone else do if it were their loved one, give up? Of course not. We will not give up either until Bernard and millions of others like him who are not rich, socially astute in the eyes of the doctors and administrators at UCLA Harbor General and hospitals around the nation. We will not give up our fight until Bernard is granted the life saving transplant he needs to save his life and many other like him regardless of race, health care or lack thereof, patient status, background or financial status. This is a precious life!

Everyone should be given the opportunity to live with the God given right for the consumption of bread and water!!!!

Now the doctors at UCLA claim he is not medically capable to handle the surgery but for a man, who over 4 months ago was seemly on his death bed, is still alive and improving everyday justifies a reason not to just sit back and do nothing and allow him to starve and die? THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!

Dr Kim has said directly to Bernard, "I am sorry but I wished that I could do more for you but death is eminent" but oh there is something that can be done but the very doctors who took an oath to save lives and to give as much care as medically possible have now turned Bernard into the streets by releasing him without the possibility to eat or to even drink water, this is pronouncing death on a helpless man who is so full of life.

We know by Bernard defying death was so astounding for the doctors to believe and that they just were not medically prepared to meet this situation head on? or is it that they wish he had not defied death which they thought would happen sooner than later?

The medical team at UCLA are not practicing the very oath they took when becoming a doctor to give care?

We have never heard of such a thing for a doctor to give up on a patient before exhausting every effort to save the patient first.

Doctors are sworn to do everything that they can to save a life not just sit back a watch a person die and do nothing but shake their heads and through their hands up.

We are calling on you.... to help us in the fight to keep Bernard here healthy and vital able to eat and drink like you and I for as long as possible. By doing a lot of praying, circulating this petition, making phone calls, sending emails, knocking on doors, seeking help from those in public office and able to make things happen for people who do not have the resources as some we are making the statement that we are in a strong force of unity standing together to get Bernard's name and those who are in similar situations added to the transplant list for life saving surgery.

In doing so, another doctor will be able to GRANT THE OPPORTUNITY to Bernard to have a normal and productive life just as every one else. Please help us in this fight, maybe you know someone who can take this medical cause to a higher level than us, we have to do something besides allowing a man to live below the means necessary as a human being. WILL YOU HELP!!!!

5. Support "Presumed Consent" Law for Organ Donation

Support "Presumed Consent" Law for Organ Donation.

A Petition for the Government to change Legislation to "Opt-out" and Save Lives

6. Funding of Human Cloning

This Petition is for grade at school.

We just need feedback

7. Manditory Organ Donation

In 2004, Richard H. Carmona, the US Surgeon General announced that he wanted to “close the gap” because “these numbers represent real people, with real lives, with loved ones who wait expectantly, and hopefully […but remain dependent upon] the good will of others” (Petechuk 148).

But the gap isn’t closing. They have tried various programs such as workplace education and naming April the National Donate Life Month. The current opt-in system isn’t working. Congress is too scared to implement a “presumed consent” system because it will either cost too much money to create, and some have argued that it is violation of our rights as Americans (Petechuk 33).

I. The problem
A. There simply aren’t enough people who are willing to donate.
1. Based on OPTN Reports for SC:
a. As of August 31st of 2007 only 158 donors have been recovered from South Carolina.
b. There are currently 727 people in SC waiting for a transplant alone.
2. Some people just don’t put thought into it, or think somebody else will donate on their behalf.
a. SC has an estimated 4.5 million residents and according to has average annual death rate of 950 people.
b. This means that only 14% of people who die actually have elected to donate organs. Leaving approx 7600 transplantable organs being buried or cremated each year.
B. The current system
1. The current system in place is an opt-in system.
a. SC is one of 13 states that allow its residents to opt-in when applying for a drivers license (Parker).
b. Other states require you to fill out donor cards at hospitals or regional centers.
2. The issues with our current system are:
a. Most say no because they don’t want to think about their own deaths.
b. And 52% of Americans claim they hadn’t been asked.

Approximately 14 states have adopted some form of presumed consent, but only in the case where next of kin could not be found and there was not indication that the deceased was opposed to donation.

II. What presumed consent and opting-out.
A. Presumed consent:
1. Presumed consent means that instead of agreeing to be an organ donor, you become one at the age of eighteen.
a. When you are standing in line at the DMV the only choice you have to make is the one that will not save lives.
b. So instead of a heart with a Y, you would have a heart with an N.
2. Opting-out:
a. It is our duty as Americans to not inflict harm on others, and by not donating organs, we are doing just that.
b. By choosing to opt-out it becomes something we as people will actually have to put thought into.
B. The myths and facts about opting out:
1. Myth # 1: Having to opt-out takes away my freedom.
a. An opt-out system is really no different than opting out of mass mailing. If you don’t want something bad enough, you will put a stop to it.
b. I don’t believe that having an opting-out system for organ donation would make us less American. It would make us more informed about the entire system.
2. Myth #2: Creation of an opt-out system will cost too much:
a. It is my opinion that if 13 states already utilize the drivers license as a means of communicating the wish to donate then a system already exists.
b. It will be a matter of getting the other states to start utilizing that same system to which may create nominal additional costs.

8. Petition for “The Gift of Life”

Would you accept an organ to live?

If the answer is yes, then surely you would want to give an organ to help save someone else?

Right now more than 9,000 people in the UK need an organ transplant that could save or improve their life. But each year around 400 people die while waiting for a transplant.

There are only 14,738,613 registered donors in the UK to date, out of a population of over 60 million. This is just 24% of the population

Statistically you are more likely to be in need of a transplant than to become an organ donor.

Laura Hamilton

9. Minnesota Family Opens There Home To 3 Children/ABC Extreme Make Over HOme Edition

8/23 Heidi had her checkup on Monday and Tuesday at the may clinic and they scheduled her for surgery wed of this week her cancer is back.

8/13 Erik and Heidi are in the process of adding 3 more children to the family. The lord has nocked on there door and they have opened there home to 3 kids of the family to give them a safe home while there parents health gets better.

8?2/2007 Our thoughts and many many prayers go out to families of 35 W Minnesota Bridge. We are praying for everyone of those people and family and friends and also the rescue workers hard at work.

7/28 Martin has been in the Hospital now for about 4 days at the U of M he has been vomiting and severe headaches. Erik,Heidi, Kelly and Kattie where for the day today and they did a spinal tap today which was finally successful as they tried twice yesterday and he was tuck over 15 times and it was unsuccessful. They are checking the fluid to see what is causing his headaches, they will also be doing an MRI tomorrow on him. He refuses to eat as he is so sick. Pray for him. His spirits are good. He seemed to really enjoy seeing Erik today. We will keep you updated. Heidi is also scheduled to head back to Mayo again in a couple of weeks for more test. We are all praying for her .

7/6 Heidi called me today and she went to the local dr for pain in her leg and they exrayed it and found a quarter size spot behind her leg. Her local doctor has contacted her dr. at the Mayo clinic. They are reviewing her exray from Monticello and she will her from Mayo sometime this week on what is going to happen next. Please pray for them. God bless

7/2 update on Heidi, she has been to the Mayo clinic that past couple of days and she found out that she has two new spots on her leg , same spot as the original site of the cancer. She will be doctoring with mayo. Will update with more info. soon.


Just a quick update, we found out yesterday that my husband Martin will have to go in for a biopsy on Monday at the U of M . They think something may be wrong. Please pray for him and that things work out ok.

Before reading this story please click on the link above and view the WCCO channel 4 story done on Noraas and Gorman for Valentines Day 2006.

My name is Bridget Gorman and our family has nominated the Noraas family originally from Faribault, MN, for ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

Erik and Heidi Noraas live in Big Lake, MN, and have 3 children, ages 15, 10 & 5. When their youngest son was 10 days old he was diagnosed with meningitis, which left him mentally disabled and requiring a lot of extra needs and help.

2 years later after this devastating news, Erik Noraas was shipped overseas to Bosnia.

Almost simultaneously Heidi was diagnosed with cancer. She will return to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, this week for two days for tests.

Erik has returned and retired after 20 years in the Minnesota Army National Guard in September of 2005. Two weeks later Heidi read a story about Martin Gorman and his need for a kidney transplant. She called her husband and told him of the story.

Donating a kidney had always been something Eric had wanted to do. The Noraas family contacted Martin Gorman about his need for a transplant. The men met and spoke and questioned each other's concerns. And decided to move forward to see if it was medically possible.

From that point Erik went through many tests at the U of MN to see if he would be a compatible match for Martin. Surprised all signs appeared to be good and they could move ahead with the procedure. This was a huge relief to Martin and me as he had been on dialysis for 7 years.

One year ago on February 15th, 2006, Erik Noraas donated one of his kidneys to my husband. It has been a year and both Erik and my husband, Martin, are doing very well.

The Noraas home is desperately in need of an Extreme Makeover. They have no room in the 1100 sq ft home for their family and son's additional help. They enjoy and welcome all friends and family in their home. In the past they have helped many people in times of need with a place to stay.There home is in need of some repairs,rotting windows and doors, unfinished rooms and floors the house also has a huge moisture problem. This may explain why the Noraas family has such trouble with sickness in the home.

Again, their son who is in ongoing speech and occupational therapy desperately needs more space so that they may improve his therapy at a more reasonable pace. Which Extreme Home Editions would be able to provide for him at home.

The Noraas also have friends who are in wheel chairs and enjoy bringing them out to their home. Unfortunately, making it very difficult for their son and friends to access the house, as there are no true ramps for them to enter the home.

Both Erik and Heidi work full time jobs and manage their family life 24/7 as many do these days. Sadly though, the two older children are often pushed aside as their 5-year-old brother takes a lot of time. Where as if they had more room and help Erik and Heidi could give more attention to the others that need their affection as well.

The house is small but is also in need of repair. The windows have rotten away. As a result of that they are dealing with some health issues from the mold growing in the windows. The children are suffering from many ear and upper repertory issues and have undergone many surgeries to repair their ears after holes have been left behind after having tubes. Their daughter, age 10; will soon be having another surgery in hopes to fix the ear she is having difficulty hearing out of.

We feel that this family has been put through enough and we would like for them to have a home that will better manage their busy schedule. They are such a deserving family and obvious believers, who still answered the door to a stranger who called out for help, after all the cards they’d been dealt and their daily struggles.


10. Petition to investigate China's concentration camps

Update May 15, 2006

This petition is now closed. Thanks to all who signed. Thanks to! More people have discovered the terrible news of concentration camps and signed to ask for investigation.

April 14, 2006

Recent reports have revealed several concentration camps in China where tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are being held and face possible death—this is an urgent situation that requires attention from the international community, especially the United States.

According to multiple sources, concentration camps similar to the one in Sujiatun, Shenyang, have been set up in provinces across China to detain large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners. In those camps, the authorities have been harvesting the organs of practitioners while they are still alive and cremating the remains to destroy the evidence, then selling the organs for profit. and The Epoch Times exposed these atrocities to the world in early March, and within three weeks, before Chinese officials addressed the issue to foreign media, the practitioners held in underground concentration camp in Sujiatun had been quickly relocated.

According to tips from Mainland China and different investigations, the Chinese communist regime hastily published the "Interim Regulation for Human Organ Transplant Practice" after the Sujiatun concentration camp was exposed. However, the regulation will not take effect until July 1, 2006, and thus we suspect the regime was allowing time to destroy all evidence of the crimes. Investigations have confirmed that hospitals and transplant centers in Tianjin, Heilongjiang, Hunan, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Yunnan, Anhui, Shan'xi, Xinjiang and etc. are operating overtime to perform transplant operations. Hospital staff members told undercover investigators that patients should come in quickly if they want a transplant, as the hospital can find matching organs in as short as one or two days and it will be difficult after this batch of organs is used up.

This information, supported by multiple investigations, leads to one conclusion: A slaughter to eliminate witnesses and victims of the concentration camps is underway. Because of this urgent situation, the Falun Dafa Association has initiated IGFG (Investigate Genocide against Falun Gong in China) where many credible organizations have been and will be invited to join, aiming to go to China to perform an independent investigation of the persecution of Falun Gong in all the labor camps, jails, hospitals and relevant facilities.

After World War II, the international community deeply regretted its failure to stop the Holocaust and solemnly promised "Never Again." We urgently ask you to take immediate action and activate all possible mechanisms to stop this new genocide in Mainland China. In particular, the U.S. government owns satellites that can provide information on the past and present activities in the concentration camps and labor camps etc.

In the meantime, we know that you are meeting with Hu Jintao later this month. We hope that you can bring up the following points:
1. Open up all of China's labor camps/jails/hospitals for international investigation.
2. Allow IGFG to go into China and research the facts of the persecution of Falun Gong.

We believe such requests are fair, just, necessary, and urgent considering the current situation. Every minute of delay will result in irremediable loss of innocent lives and will be a disgrace to the human race!

11. Glivec should be placed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Nicholas Poulos is 30 years of age with a wife and 20 month old daughter. Nick was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in the Chronic Phase in April Last year. Nick's only options for remission are the drugs Interferon, the new drug Glivec or a bone marrow transplant. As he has no suitable donor at the moment for a bone marrow transplant this is not an option.

Unfortunately Nick is intolerant to the drug Interferon as he suffered an extreme adverse reaction resulting in him being hospitalised.

This leaves Glivec as the only option unless a suitable donor is found for a transplant.

Glivec is only available under the Federal Government's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for patients with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in the Accelerated or Blast phase. The accelerated phase is when the disease is developing more quickly. The Blast phase is the final stage of Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia and patients in this phase would have only a matter of months to live.

Obviously we do not wish to wait for him to reach this stage. Currently the cost of Glivec is $4000.00 per month.