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If you were near death and desparately needed a heart transplant, would you except an organ donation from a pig?

I would ideally like to say "only if the pig died of natural causes and wasnt killed", but honestly yes i would probably do it because I wouldn't want to die.

Talia, 23
Wilton
, CT   USA

I'm too pragmatic to be repulsed by the concept of a pig's heart if it would mean my survival. I would, however, want to know that the chances of rejection were not significantly higher than with a human heart.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

I believe I would accept a heart from any creature if it was beating and mine was about to quit!

Fisch, 45
Preston
, CT   USA

Yes, I would. I don't see why anyone wouldn't.

Reba, 51
Rockville
, MD   USA

Yes, of course I would. A working heart is a working heart, I wouldn't care if it came from a serial killer if it were a matter of life and death.

Maggie, 20
Sandwich
, IL   USA

MUST...NOT...DO...COP JOKE...
I'm not really sure. It seems like one of those procedures that people in the medical profession come up with when they're high which
increases suffering more than life.

Alias Irrelevante

Why wouldn't I?

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills
, CA  USA

heh... that's a funny question! I suppose if it would be the equivelent of a human organ then I'd take it.

Dianne, 16
Oshawa, Ontario  CANADA

Accept, you mean? Because except means something very different in that sentence. Um, maybe.

Karen, 21
Marshelltown/Ames
, IA  USA

Good question. I have no idea. I hope I don't ever have to make that decision.

Laura, 36
Lowell
, MA   USA

From a pig? hmm....Good question. I don't think I would, but of course im not in that situation right now.

Anjel, 20

If the procedure had been successfully done before, yes. I wouldn't reject the heart because it came from a pig, that would be selfish on my part to not live my life as long as possible for my daughter.

Cathy, 26
Mandan
, ND   USA

I believe that god made us all out the same love so yes I would take the heart from the pig if it meant prolonging my life even for another year.

Stephanie, 25
TX  USA

No, I'd let myself die at age 18. Of course I'd do it -- a heart's a heart.

Katie2, 18
Detroit
, MI   USA

Since I each meat under circumstance that are not life threatening and animals are killed to feed me, I can't see how I have any moral ground not to accept a pig's heart if it was the only alternative between me and a sure death.

Someday, however, I would like to find myself at a point where I could denounce all such uses of animals.

Felicia, 35
Lowell
, MA   USA

Of course I would agree to the donation if it would prolong my life OR provide research data that would help other transplant patients someday.

Jill, 60
Saylorsburg
, PA  USA

Sure. it would make do until I could find a real person heart.

Karen2, 15
Boston
,
MA  USA

I guess so... I mean, I think I would rather take the risk of the operation failing than just waiting to die...

Jeremy, 13
Highlands Ranch
, CO  USA

i don't see why not.

Angela, 16
Aiken
, SC   USA

Absolutely not: I do not fear my death...so I don't care if I croak or not...that is the Stoic philosophy, and I am a firm believer in that. Besides, Pigs are more important to society than I am.

Bruno, 31
Denver
, CO   USA

I think I just might do that. I would try it, especially if I was still young. If it could keep me alive a little longer or help me wait for a human heart, I'd do it. Besides, then I would be a part of medical history forever!!

Tracy, 24
Ocean City
, NJ  USA

Sure, why not?

Kevin M.

Sure. But poor piggy!

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

Yes, probably. I don't see anything wrong with it. I just wouldn't tell anyone.

Shanna, 15
Cardiff  ENGLAND

YES I PROBABLY WOULD ACCEPT A HEART FROM A PIG IF I HAD A PRETTY GOOD CHANCE OF LIVING AND ALSO TO HELP MEDICINE TO HELP OTHERS IN THE FUTURE.

Marci, 56
Diamond
, OH   USA

(probably a few folks have noticed the homophone misspelling of "except" for "accept" in the question, but just in case no one has. . .)

I think it would depend upon the likelihood of my survival, to the best that the medical experts could guess, or what my quality of life would likely be like, if I was to survive. . . and, of course, this also would assume that the more standard options of a regular human heart transplant were impractical, for some reason. . . But, given all that, I think I probably would agree to this operation, and I think I'd even feel a bit honored

mothmc, 36
Los Angeles
, CA  USA

Yes. I don't think that would bother me. I would not like to be with an artificial heart though. To be constantly hooked up to machines does not sound like anything I would want to do.

Janet, 42
E. Brunswick
, NJ  USA

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