WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
On June 25th, I donated a kidney. I had two kidneys going into that day; I have one kidney now. I didn’t donate to a person I know, but to a stranger on the kidney waiting list — a queue that, despite our ever-increasing medical mastery, remains depressingly long.
This was by no means an easy decision to make; in fact, I thought about it for nearly a year. But I eventually became convinced it was the right thing to do.
I’m writing this to explain why I made this choice, and why I think you should consider doing it as well.
The basic argument can be broken down into three main points: Kidney disease is a serious problem. Living donations produce extremely large benefits to recipients. Living donations are very safe for the donor. …
Recipients who get kidneys from living donors tend to get more than 10 additional years on average … These years aren’t empty years, either — they’re relatively healthy years …
I had two life vests, someone was drowning without one, and it cost me very little to give them my additional one. I hope this piece inspires you to consider becoming a donor.