Mayo Clinic Poll: Half of Americans Would Consider Donating a Kidney to a Stranger

Great news. And here's the link to my kidney donation story. … [Read more...]

Billboard Helps Man Find Kidney Donor

Too bad it has to come to this (in countries where the default is that you donate your organs, not that you don't there's no waiting list), but I'm glad he found someone. Kudos to the donor. … [Read more...]

There’s No Reason Seniors Can’t Qualify as Organ Donors

A good article questioning the current medical bias against accepting donors beyond age 65. I understand that health, generally, declines with age, and that transplant doctors tend to be super careful about whom they use as donors. As my transplant doctor said, donating is one of the few medical procedures that violates the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm - and the last thing they want to do is lose a donor. But there are some people who are astoundingly fit at 70, and others who are in poor health at 40. … [Read more...]

My Big Fat Vegan Kidney Donation

I had often thought when I encountered cruelty and neglect that there was a whole army of people who did these unspeakable things, a great, unheeding horde who never spared a thought for the feelings of the helpless creatures who depended on them. It was frightening in a way, but thank heavens there was another army ranged on the other side, an army who fought for the animals with everything they had – with their energy, their time, their money.” – James Herriot What’s the awesomest gift you can give someone? Their life back, right? That’s what I had been thinking for a while. And so, I had been looking into donating a kidney. From my research I knew that the surgery was really safe (only 2/10,000 fatality rate, lower than for appendectomies), and that you can survive perfectly well with just one kidney. Really what you’re looking at is a bit of inconvenience in exchange for…saving someone’s life. Sign me up! My research eventually led me to a popular site called matchingdonors.com, and even though … [Read more...]