Once again, the antismoker attacks continue even after the smoker has died. Again, there is outcry that smokers are donating organs that might not be perfect, but are sufficiently better than the ones held by nonsmokers that doctors consider surgery and all those anti-rejection drugs worthwhile.
This is why I no longer have a donor card. I expect to face smokophobic abuse right up to the day I die. I will not give them an excuse to carry on insulting me afterwards.
Desperate transplant patients are being given the lungs of chain smokers because the NHS is so short of organ donations.
Surgeons are also being forced to use diseased body parts from cancer sufferers, drug addicts and the very elderly.
Then refuse to accept donations from smokers, drug addicts, cancer sufferers and the elderly. Why not? Oh, right, it's because those donated organs are better than the ones you have. You'd be dead without them and then how could you whine and complain? Well you will not use my own lungs to berate me. You will not use my own heart to pump your bile around. You will not use my liver to bleat about my drinking habits. You will not use my corneas to spy on smokers. I will be cremated intact, just to be sure you don't get desperate enough to dig me up for spares.
Soon, there will be the inevitable 'Oh, but if you don't donate, someone will die who might have lived. You're just selfish'. If you're thinking that way, read that last paragraph again. Imagine being insulted, denormalised, treated like filth every day. Now imagine someone else doing that to you using your lungs and your eyes and your heart. Imagine that after you die, those saved by your organ donations spend the rest of their time telling the world that you, the donor, were scum. Still want to donate?
I do not. I also don't want a donation. I don't want to be kept alive on immunosuppressant drugs, can't smoke, can't drink, wondering when that organ will be rejected or fail. If I'm ever told I have weeks to live I will stock up on tobacco and whisky and pass out of this life without even realising. I'll be so pickled it will be impossible to give an exact time of death. Actually, cremation could be risky. Anyone present had better bring welding goggles and sun cream.
So don't tell me I'd accept an organ if I needed one. I will not. I'll keep mine and you keep yours.
Professor James Neuberger, associate medical director of the NHS Blood and Transplant, the Government agency responsible for organ donations said: 'In an ideal world you would rather have lungs from 20-year-old healthy people who have never smoked, but that isn't a luxury we have.
Yet. Let the Greens get their way and there'll be plenty available from the culls.
Healthy 20-year-olds don't tend to die conveniently in hospital where their organs can be harvested at once. The sick and the elderly do, which is why their organs are used. 'Healthy donor' is an oxymoron because to be a donor, you have to be dead and that situation cannot fall under even the broadest definition of 'healthy'.
Last week doctors warned that the quality of organs was decreasing because growing numbers of donors are either obese or very elderly
The number of donors over 70 has also quadrupled in the last decade.
Those who are obese are more likely to have coronary heart disease, so their hearts are damaged, as well as fatty livers and pancreases which will not function as well
All organs decline with age so they will less useful for the donor.
Just let that last line sink in. 'Less useful' (they mean recipient, not donor, obviously). Then check the first line again. 'Quality of organs'. These doctors are telling us off because we aren't keeping ourselves fit and healthy for the day they break us up for spares.
Stop smoking, stop drinking, lose weight, exercise, because otherwise those cultivated organs can't be harvested. Never mind how you want to live your life. That's not up to you. Your job is to grow healthy organs for transplant. You're a farm animal. Don't live too long - old organs don't transplant so well. Don't get fat - you'll spoil those spare parts.
Who is getting these organs? How can a nonsmoker ever need a lung transplant, or a non-drinker need a liver transplant? Surely those are the only causes of lung and liver disease these days? What's that? They aren't? Certain pressure groups would disagree with you there, you know.
Look, if you need a transplant and are willing to accept one, that's up to you. If you are going to sneer at the donor, don't expect them to donate. Think of it this way:- Two street beggars ask you for money. One is polite, the other hurls abuse and threats at you. Which one's hat is your change going to land in?
...last year a young woman died just five months after being given the lungs of a 30-a-day smoker.
Lyndsey Scott, 28, a cystic fibrosis sufferer, developed severe pneumonia shortly after the transplant.
She was never told the organs would be coming from a smoker and her family claimed that she would never had gone ahead with the operation if she had known.
She did not die of emphysema, cancer, bronchitis or any other 'smoking related' disease. She died of pneumonia.
How? Well, here's a clue. To prevent rejection, your immune system has to be suppressed with drugs for the rest of your life. That leaves you open to all sorts of infections. She was not killed by the smokers' lungs but by a secondary infection following surgery. The smoking donor also didn't die of a smoking related disease because if they had, those lungs would have been unfit for transplant. Yet she would have rejected the lungs, her family say, simply because someone chose to smoke with them. They came from a pariah.
My body parts are not a commodity. They are not the property of 'society'. They are mine and I will use them as I see fit. I am not here as a spare part bank for you. I do not have a responsibility to look after my organs so that you can have them later.
Those who donate theirs, do so out of generosity and do not expect to have their memories defiled as a result of offering to save a stranger's life. As a smoker, I know exactly what to expect if I were to donate my still-functioning organs after my death. Posthumous abuse.
Knowing that, why would I donate?