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Today Kidney, Liver, Heart, Bone Marrow all are being transplanted. The Transplant is meant to reverse organ failure. Does that mean we have beaten death and extended life? Certainly not!
When three fourth of a vital organ is destroyed, only then the organ fails. It is not easy to diagnose organ failure in its early stages. When the lab reports turn abnormal, a major part of the organ has already failed.
When an organ starts failing, the rate of failure is often unpredictable. Thus it is not possible to predict exact life expectancy.
In every one of us, at a pre-determined time, each cell of the body undergoes a programmed suicide causing the Human being to die.
Similarly it is probable that DNA could programme the death of the human being by increasing the organ’s vulnerability to disease. When the genetically pre-decided end is near, organ failure may supervene. Also failure of one organ may initiate failure of the other organs. Alternatively all organs may start failing together as a predetermined event and the Doctor may blame the first one that starts failing, for causing death.
When the organ is transplanted, the original organ is often left in place. One assumes that the original failed organ will be removed. So if the patient lives long after the transplant, one will never know whether the transplanted organ or the original organ has contributed to the extended life. And if the patient dies, then it could be because of the adverse effects of the post-transplant procedure!
So when one organ fails, the designated death may actually be around the corner. And all the cells of the body may actually be preparing for the end. That is perhaps why patients suffering from one organ failure may die of another organ failure. For e.g. Dialysis and Cancer patients die of heart attacks.
So if your time to depart is around the corner, no organ transplant may save you. And after organ transplant if you live, you may have lived anyways. Without the cumbersome quality of life imposed upon you by the aftermath of transplant.
After the transplant surgery, the patient’s body reacts very strongly to the donor organ, regarding it as alien or foreign. His immune system starts attacking the new organ destroying it. Thus we have a “transplant rejection” Therefore after every transplant, immunosuppressant drugs are routinely prescribed for life. These drugs reduce the immunity of the patient and invite severe life threatening infections. Without the transplant the same infections would be trivial and harmless. Now with the transplant these trivial infections become life threatening. The patient lives in virtual fear of the environment wearing a mask and avoiding open air.
So once again you are faced with the dilemma. Organ transplant with debatable extension of life along with suffering, OR No transplant and a relatively comfortable life that’s about to end?