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Kelsey Jans Philosophy 201 Prof. Markle 3/10/07 Extra Credit Paper- Ethics Organ Donation: Charity or Commerce? Coleman shows us that there are many issues regarding the donation of organs. He shows us many arguments about whether it is ethical to give an older person an organ or whether a younger person should receive an organ, whether living transplantation could be considered unethical, and why organ donation is considered heroic in some cases. Coleman demonstrates to us that everyday more than 89,000 potential candidates are waiting for organs and that everyday about 27 people die while waiting for a vital organ. Coleman further explains that many doctors debate who they should give an organ to first, a younger person or an older person? In 2002, Shawn Stringfellow crashed his Harley Davidson and struck a construction barrel. The next day Shawn was on life support. Shawn’s heart was functioning, but his brain was not. With his family’s consent, Shawn’s kidneys were donated. These two kidney’s were available and doctors had to
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