TIL about Zell Kravinsky, who donated his kidney to a poor African American man. He calculated the chances of dying from the procedure at 1 in 4,000, and said “to withhold a kidney from someone who would otherwise die means valuing one’s own life at 4,000 times that of a stranger”.

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Not gonna lie, I do value my own life more than 4000 times more than that of a stranger.

Cathercy

That’s the odds of dying from the procedure. Did he calculate the odds of later on being on dialysis that could have been avoided if he had 2 kidneys, or of dying later from kidney failure or insufficiency? Also – If I do give one and then one of my children has a severe problem and needs one and I can’t be there for them, then it becomes a huge problem. Liver would be something else, that grows. That said, I am a donor on death.

Tuga_Lissabon

I’ve signed up to be an organ donor, but I’m keeping them until I’m dead. I’ll donate blood on occasion as well, that risk to me is nearly 0. I was born with 2 for a reason. I do enough risky things that may put my organs into the donor pool soon enough anyway.

em21701

In over 250,000 American transplants, less than 2% of donors have had major issues. By Federal Law all donor costs are paid for and if donor ever requires a kidney they go to the very top of the recipient list. And more than 97% of all donors say they would do it again. Source: my sister in law is waiting for a kidney and I am on her donor list.

txzman

Well now I REALLY feel like crap for not marking myself as an organ donor on my license :I

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