I want to donate my organs, but when I’m DEAD dead, not just brain dead.
If that seems selfish, it probably is, but read this perspective from a med student and you might change your tune. Emphasis mine.
I’m not far enough along in my medical training to have any first-hand observations of how transplant harvests are done on brain dead patients, and I can’t confirm the veracity of Teresi’s reports. Nevertheless, I have long refused to be an organ donor on my driver’s license for another reason: I don’t trust physicians I don’t know to have my best interests in mind. Even as a 16-year-old kid applying for my first driver’s license, it only took me a second to realize that I have many organs and only one me, and that a physician with a shoddy set of ethics could easily put less effort into saving me if he knew that my organs could save 3 other patients. Before I got to medical school, I had debates (on a number of occasions) with people who told me that this was stupidâ€”doctors would never do that. Their first commitment is to you. They didn’t convince me, and for good reason. Because when I got to medical school, I realized all the more how right I was and how wrong they were.