(Closed) Who would you donate a kidney (or other living organ) to?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
4605 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Mom, FH, little brother and my stepdad.

My organs are not for just anyone.

Post # 4
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Mom, Stepdad, Fiance, 2 sisters, 2 nephews and a niece, my best friend of 15 years.

Post # 5
7606 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Immediate family only.  Mom, Dad, brothers, Fiance.  Probably FI’s mom, dad, sister, too.  I guess it would depend on the circumstances if I included anyone else on that list (I’m open to the idea of donating to someone like FSIL’s Fiance, for example).

Post # 6
1846 posts
Buzzing bee

I think if it is an organ that I can still function normally wtihout (another kidney, bone marrow, etc) I would donate it to anyone who needed it, especially a child or someone younger than me. Why not.

Post # 7
2232 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Fiance, my parents, my brother, any future children and our nieces and nephews.

Post # 8
726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Fiance, my younger brother and my mom. But honestly, my mom has so many health problems (autoimmune diseases) that I’m not sure how viable an organ donation would be for her. I’d still do it if the doctors told me her body could handle it. I have one cousin that I’d donate an organ for if there were no other matches as well.

When I have kids, like someone else said, they’ll be added to the list.

Post # 10
46680 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Anyone. I have already signed an organ donor card and registered for living donor.

I have been called a couple of times for preliminary matching but never was a good enough match to proceed to the next stage sof testing.

If you have two healhy kidneys, you can manage quite nicely with one. You could easily save someone’s life by such an act, or at the very least get them off dialysis so they can live a normal life.

The donor can live a normal life with only one kidney, except for avoiding contact sports. For many of us, that would be no change from our current life.

Like many topics on here, there will be lots of misinformation given, so I would encourage anyone thinking about this, either for or against, to do some research of your own where you will find correct information.

Post # 11
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@UpstateCait:  yep. pretty much that. It’d have to be Darling Husband or someone that I really loved to be willing to go through all of that. I like my boss, but I don’t know about a kidney.

Post # 12
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Immediate family, Fiance, best friend, future children. Right now that’s only 7 people… I don’t mind donating them when I die, but when alive I would only give them to those I love. 

Post # 13
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Solid organs like my second kidney or part of my liver I’d only give to my Fiance, parents, brothers and my BFF.  There’s significant surgery and recovery associated with this type of donation that I’d only be willing to endure for my closest loved ones. 

Bone marrow, I’d donate to anyone if I was a match–the procedure for marrow donation is much less traumatic nowadays–it’s very unlikely that you’d even have to get a bone marrow aspiration since they have medications that can stimulate your bone marrow to grow and be harvested via your peripheral blood.

When I die, it’s all up for grabs!

Post # 14
10603 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I probably wouldn’t give my kidneys to anyone.  I doubt I would even be allowed to, as they have an anatomical abnormality.

Bone marrow or blood to family or a close friend.  I’ve donated blood before and it took a long time to recover.  Liver only immediate family.

Post # 15
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Very few people.  My mom, dad, younger brother and Darling Husband.  I would say my grandparents as well but they would never allow me to do that.  If we have children down the line then they get added to the list.

Donating a kidney takes a huge toll on the doner, much more than they receipient.  I had a friend donate a kidney to her brother and he was just great but her recovery took a very long time.  It took her body a long time to adjust to runing on half the organs she was used to.

Post # 16
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

My own children, fiance, mother, dad, younger brother!

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