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Letter to the Editor
Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

I found the article “Organ donations can be life-savers, money-makers” (Sept. 1) informative and appalling at the same time.

People who donate their organs so others might live do it with the belief that it is a brave and honorable thing to do. I think it is disgusting that some supposed charities make a huge profit off of a donor's body parts. And the executives of these procurement organizations make over $300,000 and sell organs such as a heart or lungs for more than $30,000. But the family of the donor gets nothing. The donor's family is faced with a hospital bill and the cost of a funeral.

A donor's family should at least have the hospital bill and the funeral paid for by the procurement organization. We need some kind of regulation by the state to make sure that the families of donors are compensated. There would be more organ donations if there was some compensation involved.

Melan Junik

West Deer

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