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submitted 9 months ago by [email protected] to c/nostupidquestions

I've had an organ donor card in my wallet for as long as I can remember and I've always made it very clear to my loved ones that I want all my organs to be used when I die.

My question is, given that I only need one kidney, would it be better if I were to donate the other one right away rather than after my inevitable demise?

Obviously, my organs won't be used in the unlikely event that I die in some unrecoverable way, like being lost at sea or something. And there's always the possibility that a close relative might need a kidney at some point, so I should arguably save it for them.

Is there some other reason to do it now?

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[-] [email protected] 9 points 9 months ago

A kidney donated from a living donor often lasts longer and performs better than a kidney from a deceased donor. Donating a kidney to a stranger can begin a paired donation chain that can result in several people getting kidneys. If you are seriously thinking about donating, I strongly encourage you to do some research with reputable sources, talk to some people who’ve donated themselves, talk it over with your loved ones, and maybe talk to some transplant coordinators at the nearest transplant center. It’s not something to be undertaken lightly, but living donors are saints.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks for the links! I wasn't thinking about it all that seriously (this post is the first time I've mentioned it to anyone) but it's interesting to know that it could do a lot more good than my previous plan of just... waiting till I die.

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