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.


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.


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.


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.


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