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Student: Ekeze Enubuzor


Comm 110, Fundamentals of Public Speaking



Specific Purpose:

I. Introduction

A. Attention Getter

1. Story about Mr. Robert Henry

a. Mr. Robert Henry is a 45-year-old corporate executive who, while preparing to go to work, complains of a severe headache and collapses in front of his wife. As he is brought into the emergency room, he is seizing. He is quickly given intravenous meds to stop this. A computerized tomography scan reveals a devastating subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurosurgery is consulted, but in their opinion the patient will never regain consciousness and neither an angiogram nor an operating room will be of benefit. Mr. Henry has a living will stipulating that he is not to be kept alive on life support in the event of severe brain injury. After extensive discussions with the neurosurgeon, his wife and family agree to withdraw him from life support. At this time, Mr. Henry is not brain dead.

Ms. Henry is then approached by organ procurement organization or OPO. The wife consents to non-heart beating donation or NHBD after further discussions with the OPO. Mr. Henry is taken to the operating room with his family in attendance, and literally put to death. His family leaves and his organs are harvested.

B. Background

In this speech I will allow you to realize that non-heart beating donations are barbaric and should not be part of our American modern day medicine.

I will also allow you to hear the other side of this heated debate.

II. Body

A. Pros

NHBD, non-heart beating donation can result in a 25% increase in the number of organs available for transplant. This is a considerable increase at the present time, where the need for organs far surpasses availability and many people die while on the waiting lists.

NHBD is not forced upon anyone, In the USA, people have the right to refuse any and all treatment, and they do not forfeit that right if they become incapacitated. In Mr. Henry's case, NHBD would not have been part of his death agenda if his wife did not issue it.

NHBD also has many rules and regulation, for example, the dead donor rule, which prevents organ recovery for 5-mins after death. This eliminates the chance NHBD, when in fact the patient would have autoresuscitated. This rules and many others prevent any mistakes and brings forth the best care possible.

B. Cons

But not only are there rules to prevent mistakes, there are rules for manipulation. This is my main problem on non-heart beating donation, NHBD. The organ procurement organization, or OPO actually rush patients off life support, not giving them a chance at life.

Investigations have shown that patient on whom NHBD is performed is not really dead or that the patient has been prematurely withdrawn from ventilators so that



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