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March 6, 2013
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It's easy to give one's heart to someone else, don't it? Yeah, man! In fact, some people go through life giving away their hearts, and di rest a dem body wid it, to several different people, and regularly taking it back when the person who gets it not treating it right.

Some people also break hearts and have their hearts broken, too. And sometimes there are people who give their hearts to more than one person and dem heart get torn in two, or three, or four. But, when love truly touches your heart and you find your one and only for sure, you take a vow to give your heart to him or her forever and ever more. Ah, it sounds nice, eh? But we know that's just all beautifully figurative and romantically symbolic, right? Of course!

Look here nuh; I often have fun playing with a mischievous remake I learned to the Nat 'King' Cole song 'if I give my heart to you'. In the playful parody that I prefer, the line 'if I give my heart to you' is followed by 'I'll have none and you'll have two!'

You see, you and I know that in practical terms, is only one deggeh-deggeh lickle heart each of us have, and we can't really do without it. So sorry to break your heart and burst the romantic bubble, but you'd have to be pronounced dead to be in any position to be giving away your heart, yu hear! And we all know that you can't give away anything when you dead, so you'd have to leave specific instructions in your will 'before dedding', regarding organ donation and such, to allow any giveaway of any organs, tools or limbs.

Seriously speaking, folks, have you given any thought to the idea of organ or tissue donation, though?

Call me morbid or weird or what-ever, but I have to ask you this. Have you ever considered that instead of allowing it to decay in a grave or be reduced to ashes in a crematorium, donating your body to medical science or donating your healthy organs and tissues to patients needing transplants would be a much more effective of way of disposing of your remains? Think about it.

awaiting dialysis

I've been giving it more thought recently, especially after reading a story in The Gleaner on Monday, March 4, in which prominent medical specialists are advocating the use of kidney transplantation to reduce the increasing number of kidney-disease sufferers awaiting dialysis. According to the report, Professor Everard N. Barton, director of the Caribbean Institute of Nephrology at the University of the West Indies, Mona, stated that transplants would also lower treatment costs, improve patient care and reduce the numbers who die from the disease.

Professor Barton explained that transplantation cost becomes cheaper after two and a half years when compared with dialysis, and it would significantly reduce the strain on the already overburdened public health system, cut the waiting list for dialysis and, thereby, reduce the likelihood of patients dying. Of course, that will also require people willing to donate healthy organs.

So wha yu say? How about symbolically giving a heart by actually giving a kidney? Yeah, unlike the heart, you can actually afford to give away a kidney while you're still alive. There are people born with only one kidney - they're relatively few, and we can actually live quite healthy lives operating with one - yet most of us are born with two!

Listen, I'm scared like hell of needles and surgical knives, but I'd gladly give up one of my kidneys if it would save someone else's life. How about you?


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