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Originally posted by mengzhi at 2008-7-11 21:41
What is this remark in aid of ? Kidneys are now widely accepted by recipients who are not related to the donors . His twin , if he ever needs a kidney , or vice versa , can get a donor organ from the general public as long as the tissues are matching .
Well, one could also suggest that the soldiers could also get a readily available donor organ from this general public of which you speak.
I feel a little disturbed by the idea of someone going around hawking one of their kidneys for a stranger, any stranger. It just sounds a little bit too much like BIID (Body Integrity Identity Disorder).
The issue with the twin brother is that from what I understand, a kidney from an (identical) twin requires NO anti-rejection drugs, and I presume this means that the transplant recipient should be able to lead a normal life without the organ having to be replaced after 10 or so years. The fact that little or no anti-rejection drugs being required also means a better quality of life, with less chance of opportunistic infections.
I know someone who's had a double lung/heart transplant and the anti-rejection drugs have had a major physical impact on her, not all of which would be entirely desirable.
Also, as I have a brother who has had problems with his own kidneys in the past, maybe I am a bit more sensitive to the issue.
I feel that should my brother develop a serious problem with his own kidneys, he may need one of mine, and I may be a bit strange, but I do feel that I have a little more obligation to my own brother, rather than some anonymous military serviceman in a foreign country, no matter how many "minutes of fame" I would receive in that country.