Tag: organ transplants

Blog Posts (22)

January 17, 2012

Rallying Around Amelia: A Debate on Disability

The blogosphere and the airwaves are filled with indignation regarding what has happened to Amelia Rivera, a three year old who has a rare genetic disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome.…

August 3, 2010

A Monty Python Approach to Organ Procurement Butts Heads with CSI.

Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead! We’d like to harvest their organs now!

Most Monty Python fans associate organ harvesting with The Meaning of Life’s Live Organ Transplantation, but New York City’s “rapid organ recovery plan” has much more in common with this other famous Holy Grail skit than it does with anything else.…

July 29, 2010

Need An Organ? Find Your Donor Via Facebook!

Apparently Facebook isn’t just for playing MafiaWars anymore. It’s also for finding living unrelated donors to give you their organs. Seriously.…

July 27, 2010

Should a Confessed Killer Get a Second Chance from a Donor Liver?

Arthur Caplan in his MSNBC column discusses over a confessed killer receiving a liver transplant. How could someone who himself admitted killing his wife jump to the head of the queue to receive one of the scarcest resources in the world?…

July 23, 2009

Any Argument in the Storm: Postrel Gets It Wrong on Kidney Donation

Virginia Postrel is picking a fight with the National Kidney Foundation for saying that paying organ donors would be an “affront” to unpaid donors and that it would “cheapen the gift”, according to The New Yorker.…

April 6, 2009

Can You Ever Be Too Cautious with Cannibalism?

Alisa Harris of Patrol Magazine is worried that liberals are giving living organ donors a hard time. After all, in her blog post entitled “A Noble Form of Cannibalism”, a phrase borrowed from Leon Kass’ scholarship on organ donation, Harris starts out criticizing the medical establishment (and implicitly the bioethicists who shape the organ donation policy within it) who support such draconian policies as “donors have to cover their own medical expenses* for the donation and then insurance provides nothing later for long-term comprehensive health insurance or life and disability insurance.”

She goes on to slam the medical community for being “overly cautious because of the possibility of bribes or rewards for living organ donation.” I mean, what’s wrong with buying someone’s liver or kidney?…

January 27, 2009

I Want My Kidney First. I Signed My Donor Card.

According to USA Today, a proposal has put forth by the president of the nonprofit organization, LifeSharers, to reward those who had agreed to be organ donors (by signing the organ donor cards) prior to being put on the transplant list by moving them to the top of the transplant list.…

January 20, 2009

The Eight-Way Kidney Swap

Washington Post video journalist Pierre Kattar became a living kidney donor so that his father could receive a kidney and have another chance at life.…

January 7, 2009

Husband Wants Kidney Back

Many divorces turn acrimonious, but a New York divorce has turned potentially life-threatening. But a new litmus test has emerged for real acrimony: has your soon-to-be ex asked for a donated organ back?…

January 7, 2009

Kidney on the Rocks or Perfused? I'll Take Mine Perfused.

As reported in TIME, researchers from the University of Groningen have found a new method to keep organs from cadaveric donors better preserved for transplant.…