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Old 05-12-2008, 08:30 AM
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This was raised in one of my Lectures last week. We only need 30% renal function to survive (this is either in one or both kidneys combined). So why not sell one kidney? It was suggested $50,000 was the going price.

Everyone has an opinion, so lets hear it. Then I will let you all know what the rest of the class said.
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Ugh.

That's my opinion, P/J.

I think this topic was discussed a bit earlier. People chimed in on both sides of the renal rally. I am not certain that any one of us changed the mind of any other of us. Was a good 'conversation,' though.

I'll check back here during the week to read what all y'all have to say.

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Old 05-12-2008, 03:52 PM
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I agree, no amount of money would make me sell!

My sister in law has been told she has 7% function in one kidney, and that has taken 4 years.

if I wanted to give a kidney, I'd give it, but sell it; no thanks no money would be enough if I was in renal failure!
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:09 PM
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Selling body parts for profit. Hmmm, let me see... shall I sell to the highest bidder, or should I sell to the family with no money and a big hospital bill? .......and what...if after I sell one of my kidneys I lose function in the other one and can't afford to buy one. Oh dear me, oh dear me. What to do, what to do?

I'm not sure I could sell to the highest bidder.....how would the world fare if only the rich can afford the organs?
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What if you don't have a choice. You just agree to sell and who ever was the highest bidder gets it; or maybe a standard price?

Does anyone know much about transplants. We were discussing it and someone said that adults get only one transplant, if that fails then tough luck. While kids get three transplants.
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I'm not sure that is true, it depends on the reason that the kidney is rejected, how long since the last transplant and a whole host of reasons. No one should be allowed to sell their organs in my opinion, it isn't right.
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...Does anyone know much about transplants. We were discussing it and someone said that adults get only one transplant, if that fails then tough luck. While kids get three transplants.
P/J,

I cannot speak to Australian medical practices or customs. In the USA, however, transplant eligibility is based upon organ availability, suitability of tissue match, and the health of the potential recipient. There is no limit or rationing of transplants based upon how few/many previous transplants may have been accomplished prior to the current need.

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This is really a sticky question. I'm not in favor of selling human organs. It just doesn't seem right. Rich people go to the head of the line and poor people die while waiting for the leftovers. The whole thing is just a bit too Owellian for me.

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What if you don't have a choice. You just agree to sell and who ever was the highest bidder gets it; or maybe a standard price?

Does anyone know much about transplants. We were discussing it and someone said that adults get only one transplant, if that fails then tough luck. While kids get three transplants.
With my luck I'd end up with some guy on death row as the highest bidder for my kidney.

I'd be too afraid of my remaining kidney failing. Or heaven forbid... that my child or family would need a kidney and I wouldn't have one to give them because I sold it to someone else.

If I HAD to give/sell my kidney I'd at least want to pick who gets it.

Which is actually in direct opposition to donating an organ after death... then I'm happy leaving it in the hands of the organ transplant professionals to decide who gets it.
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With my luck I'd end up with some guy on death row as the highest bidder for my kidney.

I'd be too afraid of my remaining kidney failing. Or heaven forbid... that my child or family would need a kidney and I wouldn't have one to give them because I sold it to someone else.

If I HAD to give/sell my kidney I'd at least want to pick who gets it.

Which is actually in direct opposition to donating an organ after death... then I'm happy leaving it in the hands of the organ transplant professionals to decide who gets it.
I signed up to be an organ donor. After all, you can't take money--or organs--with you after you die.

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