What I find distasteful about publically soliciting for a living donor is that neither the recipient, the well-intended family of the recipient or the sites facilitating such matches are taking responsibility for what they asking a stranger to do.
Living donors can suffer from bleeding, blood clots, intestinal binding, testicular swelling, hernias, chronic fatigue, hypertension, reduced adrenal gland function, and severely reduced kidney function, just to name a few.
Some LDs have ended up on the waiting list themselves. (think the transplant centers tell potential donor this?)
LDs suffer from depression, anxiety and PTSD-like symptoms, yet transplant centers offer NO aftercare or support. Their priority is only to 'heal the sick patient'- the recipient. The media and public perception, meanwhile is that every transplant is successful (not true) and every living donor goes on to live a perfectly 'normal' life.
It's time we tell the truth: www.livingdonor101.com
(and thanks Mr. Van Stavern)