Transplant organs with ‘War-Ranty’

| July 16, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas. M.D.

In the year of our Lord, 1953, I was drafted into the Armed Forces of the U.S. during the Korean War. I was to graduate in June of that year from Brooklyn College but was drafted in April, three months prior to my graduation. After basic training, I was ultimately assigned to a Graves Registration Unit where my duties were identifying the fallen heroes of the war. From this experience, I became a dove—in other words, I hated war.

Over the years, I became identified with the great scientist, Linus Pauling, a chemist  born in Portland, Ore., who was the only person to win two Nobel prizes. His second prize was based upon negotiating the Atmospheric Test Band Treaty and the Lenin Peace Prize in 1970. He was known to state often that he supported every peace movement that was brought to his attention. He further stated his deepest beliefs in the commandment “Thou shall not kill.”

Although he was deeply interested in his fellow Americans, he believed in morality and was a humanitarian. He felt strongly that the United States of America should take a lead in promoting peace. Dr. Pauling felt that scientists, economists, geographers and other experts should join together and find solutions to world problems. These ideas and thoughts were written by him in response to nations at war.

At the present time there are thousands of folks who are on waiting lists in need of organs for their survival. When you think about it, there are souls dying on the battlefields with perfect organs which are lost upon their death. You can say that war is the cause of robbing God-given precious organs and life. Nearly 100,000 individuals in total are on the list to receive life saving transplants. Those persons would benefit greatly from organ donors and are dependent upon living donors. To find out how to become an organ donor in your area, visit www.organdonor.gov for more information.

I have been so moved of how war robs lives that I penned the following poem and hope that it will encourage you to rally for peace!

Transplant Organs With A War-Ranty

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Perfect organs are available

For harvesting and transplanting

Accessible with a War-Ranty

 

Unfortunately, Brains are unavailable

The organs are fresh and unblemished

They have been removed

Without pain or refusal

From fallen soldiers and innocent casualties

Of many nations

 

There are fresh corneas

To restore lost vision

That enjoyed Technicolor flowers

And the rising and setting of Brother Sun

 

Plenty of healthy hearts

To replace broken hearts

Which were filled with forgotten

Memories of days gone by

 

Precious kidneys galore

Are salvageable to remove waste

To cleanse bodies and souls

To provide holy water for Baptism

 

Come one, come all

To the battlefields and bombed out cities

It’s harvest time for organs

To have a war-ranty not to fail

 

Even if we humans have failed God

The Creator of us all

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

For They Shall Be Called The Children of God

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Gerald W. Deas, MD, MPH, MA is a physician, poet, patient advocate, playwright, media personality, political activist and public health crusader. Read his full bio at http://www.downstate.edu/giving/funds/deas.html/.

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