If you haven’t read Melanie Benjamin’s Alice I Have Been, I highly recommend it.


Alice Liddle with her sisters, photographed by Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll)

Under kidney transplant proposal, younger patients would get the best organs

Disclaimer: I had a double-lung transplant, not a kidney transplant. But I’m commenting anyway.

I’m sort of ambivalent about this. First off, no one is equal in transplant. Someone is always a better medical match. Someone always has that edge.

Second, even if people were COMPLETELY equal (which is far-fetched), some people are better suited for transplant. They have the ability, and the support system, to take care of the transplanted organ, and to withstand and complete/perform a complicated medical regiment post-transplant.

Third, I think the life expectancy point is sort of moot. No one is really sure how an organ will perform once it’s transplanted. That’s why we try so hard before hand to make sure that human error is reduced—with education, careful patient screening, and finding the best match possible. Some people never have any problems; some people die before the first year is out. Granted, younger people are usually stronger—but in transplant, it’s a fine line between “strong enough to survive” and “sick enough to need it.”

Those are my initial thoughts.

(another note: this only applies to KIDNEYS)

Under kidney transplant proposal, younger patients would get the best organs