Can it Get any Stranger?

Just when you think it couldn’t get any weirder…
An actual medical news story has knocked the divorcing donor doc scandal off the kidney headlines.  The BBC reports that Johns Hopkins doctors have found a new place from which to extract a living kidney.  And, no, I don’t want to discuss it! 

A couple of weeks ago I was researching the donation process online, and was much chagrined to find the search term ‘kidney donor’ mostly yielded links to the bizarre story of the doc who wanted his kidney back from his cheating wife.  In case you missed it, the medical ethicists seem to agree that it’s “No Backs” when it comes to organ donation.  

By the way, Lark News, the Christian parody newssite had a prophetic vision for this story years ago—but the joke was that the alturistic Christian donor was dismayed over the recipient’s failure to come to faith.  I’m pretty sure that was an April Fool’s edition. 

I am someone who is poised to give a kidney and these are not the stories I would choose to portray the hearts of my fellow donors! 

I realize the whole idea of sharing a body part is shocking and weird and just plain funny.   It’s also becoming more and more routine.  The New England Journal of Medicine reported last month on an in-depth study from 1963-2007 which concludes that live kidney donors have comparable survival rates of to non-donors.  There are now thousands of living kidney donors and that means there are probably as many reasons for donating.  In the local news coverage of the NEJM study, a woman who gave her brother a kidney said simply, “Everyone deserves a second chance.”

That pretty much sums it up for me.  I want my sister to have a chance to live and see her great-granchildren.  But, I understand if it all seems just a bit bizarre to you.  I hope to take you through the experience with me in the next 39 days, Lord willing. 

For the record, let’s not forget the old hijacked kidney urban legend, thoroughly debunked by but still a deterrent to donation, I’m sure. 

You can watch an old promo for a webcast of a living kidney transplant on you tube.

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