Giving Your All: Gruntdoc has an excellent post on the nuances of organ donation.
And here’s a true story about live organ donation that turned out to benefit the donor as much as the recipient. My cousin donated his kidney. When the surgeons were placing it into the recipient, they felt a tiny nodule on its surface. He had been fully screened with all matter of scans and blood tests, and nothing had shown up. They biopsied it, sent it for a frozen section, and sure enough it was cancer. They had a dilemma. Both patients were under anesthesia. It was a small tumor. They were pretty sure they got it all, but couldn’t be certain the cancer wouldn’t come back in the future, especially in a recipient on immunosuppressive drugs. Did they put the kidney back whence it came, or go ahead and transplant it? They transplanted it. My cousin was most certainly saved from kidney cancer. And the recipient? Well, the recipient was his mom, my aunt. She’s glad to have a working kidney. And she says, if she gets kidney cancer, so be it. She figures it’s the second time she’s given him the gift of life. posted by Sydney on
1/30/2003 08:30:00 AM