Steve Jobs and governator tout transplant reform
'I could have died'
The über-private and über-reclusive Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a rare non-keynote public appearance on Friday, joining California governor and action-film hero Arnold Schwarzenegger to promote organ-donation legislation.
The San José, California Mercury News reports that the tech world's most famous transplant recipient joined the governator at Palo Alto's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, a few miles north of One Infinite Loop.
According to the Merc, Jobs said he had been lucky to fly to the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis - presumably in his private Gulfstream V executive jet - "within a four-hour window" to receive his donated liver.
When Jobs returned from his medical leave and appeared at a September 2009 gathering of the Apple faithful in San Francisco, he said that transplant had been donated by a person in their mid-20s who had died in a car crash. At that event, he thanked the donor for “their generosity”.
The Merc reported Jobs as saying in Palo Alto on Friday: "Last year, 400 other Californians died waiting. I could have died." ®
I signed mine when I turned 18. Which was an unspecified period of time ago.
Once you're dead, what use have you for the organs? Who could possibly be so selfish that just because they are dead they would deny someone else the chance to live?
I’ll never understand some folks.
Register, and tell your loved ones.
It's probably the easiest thing you can do to save a life. It requires no work, no pain, no inconvenience, and is genuinely and easily the most chance you'll ever have to save the life of a stranger. Or if you're prepared for the smallest of inconveniences, give blood too, and you'll be a f*cking hero. Money can't make blood, money can't make organs, so make sure you give.
DO tell your relatives and next-of-kin though - tell them in no uncertain terms that you really want to do this. It's a way they can remember you as a hero, a lifesaver if they feel squeamish about it. They need to know as there is such a short window after death when your organs are usable, and they'll be in a total state having lost a loved one, and barely able to make any kind of decision or take in the news. Brief them well beforehand, make sure they know, make sure it's not news for them on the most stressful of days, and you make everyones life easier - and potentially save several lives as well.
http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/ukt/default.jsp <--UK Organ Donation Register
Name, address, DoB, gender, ethnicity - it takes just 30 seconds to register. Just 30 seconds. You already spent longer than that reading The Reg.