Would You Donate Your Kidney?
No one in your family matched the one person you loved more than anything else… anyone else. But no one you knew matched them… no one you knew could donate to them. What would you do? What wouldn’t you do donate a kidney to find a kidney for them? After all, if they didn’t get one, their life would be cut short, not just by months but by several years. What sacrifice would you make? Who would you contact? What boundaries would you cross to find that kidney, to save your loved one’s life?
Well, there are so many people in that position right now. People who want, desperately, someone to search into his/her heart and be willing to donate a kidney. They are willing to do just about anything to have their spouse, cousin, mother, son live years longer.
What makes us, you and me, so blessed that we don’t have to worry about kidney failure, kidney disease, dialysis, end-stage, or any other negative terms associated with poor kidneys? What makes us so special that we have two good working kidneys, while others are suffering… not even having one working?
If you have ever had someone you love die from kidney failure, like I have, and not been able to do anything about it, then maybe this would hold a little special place in your heart. Maybe you could sympathize with so many families who might lose the people they love, and there is nothing they can do about it. Well, there is something you and I can do about it.
We can know our blood type. I know mine, because I wanted to help my grandfather over half my life ago by donating blood. He and I had the same blood type. When he got really sick, I told my dad I wanted to donate a kidney to him. He wasn’t cleared for it at the time, but I was willing anyways. When he finally went on dialysis, it was too late. He had one treatment before he died of kidney failure.