living people who donate organs..Too Risky?

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
March 18, 2008 1:01pm CST
Every person who gets a transplant is tracked long-term so people who need an organ transplant can find lots of data on death rates and complications. That's not the case for donors. They face risk, get no medical benefit and find data hard to come by. "If you don't do donor follow-up, how can you get informed consent. "You have no data to present to a patient about what may happen." Estimates are that 3 in 10 living donors develop complications that can result in death after the fact. Would you donate?
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@bcote212 (1113)
• United States
18 Mar 08
I think that if the person who needs the organ is a family member or someone that you really love then they benifits far outweigh the risks. My brother recieved a kidney transplant a few years ago, and I was told that if something happens and it rejects I would be the person who could give him a kidney. I would do this without thinking twice, because he is my brother, and I want him here as long as he can be.
@mrsbrian (1951)
• United States
18 Mar 08
I agree with you bcote , my daughter in law had a kidney transplant about 10 years ago by her brother and it is now about to give out so we will be looking for another one for her, I would give in a min,anything i had an extra of .
• United States
20 Mar 08
I've read about this before. It can be very dangerous to donate, but how can you say no when a loved one needs a kidney or somesuch?
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
18 Mar 08
So it is not a safe way to donate organs since it is so risky. But in reality, there are many such examples between family members who donate their organs to their loved ones to help save them, which is very touching and moving. I have not thought about donation yet, but if it were someone I love so much, there would be no problem for me to do that and the value needs to be thought of. I mean, if the donation can help the other survive as long as a normal person, then it is quite worth it. There is no need to donate without consideration and analysis to the case of the survival rate. Better to be cautious than never. Thanks.
• United States
18 Mar 08
I am not an organ donor. I'm convinced I will be in a tragic accident and holding onto life by a thread and the paramedic who arrives on scene will have an ailing wife waiting for a kidney transplant and he will let me die. lol