Thursday, March 04, 2004

Rewarding organ donors

A story in the March 2nd edition of The Patriot Ledger describes how the Living Donor Exchange Program works: "Chris Mazzeo will donate his left kidney on [Bill] McDonnell's behalf next week. Because Mazzeo's kidney is incompatible with McDonnell, the organ will go to a stranger, but his donation will move McDonnell to the top of the list of people waiting for a kidney from a cadaver."

The Living Donor Exchange Program is a great idea. It moves people up the transplant waiting list in exchange for the donation of an organ.

LifeSharers does the same basic thing. We reward people for their promise to donate in the future, while the Living Donor Exchange Program rewards relatives and friends of living donors.

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