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Back in 1992, upon returning to America, after having lived in Venezuela for 3 years, I did the research and decided to donate my spare kidney. How I arrived at that decision isn't germane to this conversation, but the research that I did is. |
Simply enough, there is minimal risk in donating a kidney, even while you are alive. The only real danger involves the statistic that 3 out of 10,000 donors will die of complications. (I'll address this later.) Otherwise, the donor can expect to live a long, healthy and normal life. Oh yeah, as a person who would then only have one kidney, contact sports should no longer be played. Other than that, everything else is no different than if you had two kidneys.
Although it wasn't illegal at the time, no hospital would even talk to me about it, and so, regrettably, I set it aside. Until a couple of years ago. I've been living in China since 2003 and in 2006 I read about a new organization called MatchingDonors.com www.MatchingDonors.com It seems that American society had finally caught up with medical science and now you can donate a kidney to a stranger.
Since I'm in outstanding health - earlier this year, my Chinese doctor said that I was an "ideal" candidate for kidney donation - I decided that I still want to donate my spare kidney. Only now, I want to donate it to a Chinese citizen, and preferably a soldier. Thus the title of my post.
Why a soldier? I'm glad you asked that. Here is a brief quote from an article about the Sichuan Earthquake relief efforts:
Nearby the school, the leader of a rescue crew preparing to dig into yet another ruined building gave his team a pep talk.
“In my whole life, I’ve never done anything like this, I’ve never seen anything like this, but we must be soldiers now,” said the leader, Yang Xin.
“We must fully do our duties,” he said. “You are my flesh and blood, and the people buried in here are our flesh and blood.”
So there it is. A perfect reason why I want my spare kidney to go to a soldier. My blood is type "A" and I can assure you that I am most serious about this. You can contact me through my China Daily forum account.
We'll have some convincing to do, but since we have science on our side, I am confident that the government (and the Party) will do the right thing.
And about those odds (3 out of 10,000), let's just say that when I die, that is how I want to die, saving as many others as possible. Don't misunderstand me, I don't want to die, but since it is our fate, well then I would prefer to have my death be more meaningful than simply 'he's gone'. And it will be because then there will be 2 kidneys, my heart, lungs, liver, corneas, etc...
If you are a soldier, or if you know a soldier please share this news with them, even if they themselves don't need a kidney. I need to spread the word, and because I'm not literate in Chinese, I need your help to do so.
Thanks in advance,
Dean A. Nash