Is this your Liver Donor Card?

CNN.com – Man launches multimedia search for liver – Aug 12, 2004
Reminding me darkly of a Month Python sketch, this unfortunate has liver cancer, and has to get a new liver or die. It’s that simple.

I applaud his, and his families’, courage and determination. I know I’d do everything possible to get a transplant for my family member, so this makes sense on an emotional level. Also, as has been pointed out, even if the individual seeing tthese ads (billboards in Houston) doesn’t have a spare liver, it will sensitize them to the issue of transplant waiting lists, etc.

Setting emotions aside, this should not change what we do in the ED, or in the organ donation organizations. I understand the idea of directed, non-family donations, and I also understand that the organ donor organizations don’t want to say “no, this recovered alcoholic will die this week without a new liver, while your relative has several weeks left.”

I’d be interested to know whether this aspect of their approach makes you more or less interested in a directed donation: from their site:

You can help! Unfortunately, tragedies happen every day. If you hear of anyone that is in a situation where they could be a donor, they or their family can request that the liver be designated…

What do you think?

Update in the comments.


Comments

  1. I’ve been included in the find-Todd-a-liver email chain for a while (but I don’t know him or anyone close to him). Got this note a few minutes ago:

    To all those of you that I have shared Todd’s story with…he received a liver yesterday! I visited him yesterday before the transplant and it was so amazing to see how God works. A person in Oklahoma saw their story on CNN and decided to donate their son’s organs to Todd. They had not previously thought about donating his organs so now many, many people were able to receive transplants last night due to their son. It was a perfect match and he received a 100% healthy liver. Julie and Todd are so thankful to everyone for their help in finding him a liver. He had the transplant last night and is doing well in recovery. Praise God for working the miracles he does. Thank you all for your help…hopefully he has a chance for survival now!

  2. Add to Matt’s comment….

    URL for the donation news:

    http://www.wftv.com/newsofthestrange/3653633/detail.html

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  1. Multimedia search for liver

    This focuses attention on the nationwide shortage of organ donors… Hope everyone is signed up!

    HOUSTON (AP) — Todd Krampitz’s message to the world is simple: He needs a liver to save his life.

    But the methods he is using to deliver his plea …