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LiberalHeart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 07:08 PM
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21. I registered with the Red Cross as bone marrow donor...then there was a match and --
I got a letter from them telling me to contact them ASAP (my phone number had changed and they couldn't reach me by phone). But in the time since I registered, I'd been diagnosed with breast cancer. I had the surgery, no spread, and was clear of cancer for several years. But I was no longer a viable donor for the bone marrow. I tried to persuade them to make the patient aware of me and give that person the choice rather than decide to just toss out someone who matched. They wouldn't budge. So that person never knew I existed. I've often wondered if the patient lived or died.

In that position, I would have wanted to be the one making the decision, rather than having the Red Cross decide if it was worth the risk. For someone to need bone marrow, they're already in a dire condition.
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  -Transplant surgeon says kidneys should be for sale. LiberalHeart  Mar-31-07 06:36 PM   #0 
  - jeebus cripe  pitohui   Mar-31-07 06:39 PM   #1 
  - And I offered mine for free to Bombeck when she needed one.  LiberalHeart   Mar-31-07 06:42 PM   #2 
  - Choosing to donate an organ is MUCH different than creating a market  HereSince1628   Mar-31-07 06:43 PM   #4 
  - I don't see how. It's not like they'd be taken by force.  LiberalHeart   Mar-31-07 06:45 PM   #5 
     - No not by force but by contractual coercion.  HereSince1628   Mar-31-07 06:54 PM   #10 
        - I'd sell mine just for the promised follow up medical care.  LiberalHeart   Mar-31-07 07:03 PM   #18 
           - Which advances my point. You'd choose a known life-shortening donation  HereSince1628   Mar-31-07 07:22 PM   #27 
  - yeah i'm not invested in being a good person  pitohui   Mar-31-07 06:55 PM   #11 
     - I registered with the Red Cross as bone marrow donor...then there was a match and --  LiberalHeart   Mar-31-07 07:08 PM   #21 
     - I've had a bone marrow transplant  gravity   Mar-31-07 07:49 PM   #42 
     - they were trying to protect you  pitohui   Mar-31-07 10:30 PM   #52 
     - Bone marrow, rbc's, plasma, etc, aren't the same as a vital organ  HereSince1628   Mar-31-07 07:14 PM   #24 
  - I agree with you.  Skidmore   Mar-31-07 07:01 PM   #16 
  - It should be done on altruism but  gravity   Mar-31-07 07:05 PM   #19 
  - I will sell my kidney for 100,000.00  greenbriar   Mar-31-07 07:42 PM   #41 
  - And if your only one fails  gravity   Mar-31-07 08:11 PM   #44 
  - Nobody seemed to want to reply to my point when it was down at the botttom of the thread.  Jonathan50   Apr-01-07 08:07 AM   #64 
  - Nope. There should NOT be a free market in human organs.  HereSince1628   Mar-31-07 06:42 PM   #3 
  - Ah, capitalism!  Karenina   Mar-31-07 06:47 PM   #6 
  - Hear hear  spoony   Mar-31-07 11:05 PM   #54 
  - We all know what would happen ...  BattyDem   Mar-31-07 06:49 PM   #7 
  - He's not talking about that kind of sale; he's talking about regulated sales.  LiberalHeart   Mar-31-07 06:53 PM   #9 
     - Everything starts out regulated ... but how long before someone suggests deregulation?  BattyDem   Mar-31-07 07:19 PM   #26 
  - A human is capable of producing enough adult stem cells  4MoronicYears   Mar-31-07 06:50 PM   #8 
  - i never heard of any kidney being regenerated  pitohui   Mar-31-07 06:57 PM   #12 
     - This "Nutrition Book" was penned by twenty (20) full fledged  4MoronicYears   Mar-31-07 06:58 PM   #14 
     - You haven't heard because it isn't currently possible  HereSince1628   Mar-31-07 06:59 PM   # 
  - He does have a point, but I'd rather see...  TreasonousBastard   Mar-31-07 06:58 PM   #13 
  - Mandatory? Sorry, I Can't Grok That  Crisco   Mar-31-07 07:32 PM   #35 
     - Is there a human right in possession of one's body after one is dead? (n/t)  kiahzero   Mar-31-07 08:14 PM   #46 
     - One Certainly Has a Right to Determine Its Disposal  Crisco   Apr-01-07 12:25 AM   #57 
     - Why not? If one can argue the inherent human right to..  TreasonousBastard   Apr-01-07 03:06 AM   #61 
        - I'm Not the Extremist Here  Crisco   Apr-01-07 07:40 AM   #62 
  - I don't see much of a problem with it  gravity   Mar-31-07 06:59 PM   #15 
  - You don't? Say I want to sell 100% of someone's body parts.  HereSince1628   Mar-31-07 07:03 PM   #17 
  - The choice should be on the person donating  gravity   Mar-31-07 07:12 PM   #22 
     - No. If you legalize the market, you create demand and you create a saleable asset  HereSince1628   Mar-31-07 07:18 PM   #25 
     - "This has terrible consequences that are not the original intent but which spread out"  BattyDem   Mar-31-07 07:23 PM   #28 
     - Thanks. At least I'm not alone.  HereSince1628   Mar-31-07 07:25 PM   #30 
     - Oh No! That's a STRAWMAN Argument!  Crisco   Mar-31-07 07:31 PM   #33 
     - Not really  gravity   Mar-31-07 07:35 PM   #38 
        - Like the medical community has protected patients from high drug costs  HereSince1628   Mar-31-07 07:40 PM   #40 
           - You're assumptions are baseless  gravity   Mar-31-07 08:10 PM   #43 
              - Well, we basically disagree  HereSince1628   Mar-31-07 08:22 PM   #48 
     - The concept is far too ripe for that abuse though.  spoony   Mar-31-07 11:07 PM   #55 
  - The ironic point in all this silliness is that at some point everyone's a whore.  karlrschneider   Mar-31-07 07:31 PM   #34 
     - I'd not call turning poor people into saleable pounds of flesh silly  HereSince1628   Mar-31-07 07:36 PM   #39 
  - Owe the bank for a mortgage? Back taxes? ... "We've come for your liver."  Swamp Rat   Mar-31-07 07:07 PM   #20 
  - Unfortunately, that's exactly one aspect of the problem this would create.  HereSince1628   Mar-31-07 07:23 PM   #29 
  - Thank you, Swamp Rat  junofeb   Mar-31-07 07:25 PM   #31 
  - The debt collectors will come ...  BattyDem   Mar-31-07 07:33 PM   #36 
  - Somehow, I knew . . .  CrazyOrangeCat   Mar-31-07 10:09 PM   #50 
  - I signed on as an organ donor many years ago...  rasputin1952   Mar-31-07 07:13 PM   #23 
  - Maybe I can sell my left nut...I don't use it much any more.  karlrschneider   Mar-31-07 07:26 PM   #32 
  - ROFL!  BattyDem   Mar-31-07 07:34 PM   #37 
  - Then you'll walk off balance ;-)  spoony   Mar-31-07 11:09 PM   #56 
  - Very bad war story follows  jmowreader   Apr-01-07 08:01 AM   #63 
  - Organs are for sale overseas particularly kidneys. Saddam had a thriving kidney transplant  jody   Mar-31-07 08:13 PM   #45 
  - The world we are creating  gollygee   Mar-31-07 08:17 PM   #47 
  - Yes. Quite a racket. The income gap is about to become an organ gap  HereSince1628   Mar-31-07 08:27 PM   #49 
  - Right out of a Phillip K Dick novel  loindelrio   Mar-31-07 10:14 PM   #51 
  - Not Just Selling, But Mandating  Crisco   Apr-01-07 12:28 AM   #60 
  - Absolutely Horrific  Crisco   Apr-01-07 12:27 AM   #59 
  - There already exists a black market for organs..  Jonathan50   Mar-31-07 10:45 PM   #53 
  - Hell no.  knitter4democracy   Apr-01-07 12:26 AM   #58 

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