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Sample Preparation Outline: Persuasive Speeches Organ Donation: the Gift of Life By Jim Wilson One week before Thanksgiving, 1992, Bobby collapsed while at work from a brain aneurism and later died while waiting in a hospital for surgery. Although his wife favored donating his organs to other people in need, his daughter, Melissa, balked at the idea (FirstGov). Today I will familiarize you with the need for organ donation and tell you how to ensure that your organs are used to save the lives of others. I. Numerous organs can be successfully transplanted. A. The first kidney transplant occurred in 1954. B. In 1967, Dr. Thomas Starzl of the University of Colorado Hospital performed a liver transplant. C. Dr. Christian Barnard, in Capetown, South Africa, performed a heart transplant in 1967. D. The Coalition on Donation reports that 46,625 cornea transplants were performed on patients in 2002. E. The National Women’s Health Information Center notes that 100,000 people are currently in need of bone-marrow transplants. F. A total of 900,000 transplants of all types took place in 2002 (Coalition on Donation). II. Organ donors will save many lives. A. The United Network for Organ Sharing states that over 80,000 patients are currently waiting for transplants. 1. 10,489 transplants occurred from January to May 2003. 2. 5,390 donors made those transplants possible. B. Even more patients could benefit from organ transplants. The National Women’s Health Information Center gives two examples: “More than 200,000 people in the U.S. suffer from kidney failure. As of April 2001, there are 48,639 people in the U.S. waiting for a kidney transplant. More than 60,000 Americans die each year from liver failure. As of April 2001, there are 17,413 people in the U.S. waiting for a liver transplant.”
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C. According to the National Kidney Foundation, many patients die before they can find a donor (2001).
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