Health The Price of a Human Kidney

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  1. The Helper

    The Helper Administrator Staff Member

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    The human kidney is the body’s filter. It cleans 180 liters of liquid per day, retaining the good stuff and expelling the bad. Most fortuitously, humans are born with two kidneys. If one of them becomes damaged, the other one can pick up the slack. If both your kidneys fail, however, your body will fill with harmful toxins. Without medical intervention, you’ll die within weeks.

    Almost nine hundred thousand Americans suffer from End State Renal Disease (ESRD), meaning that both their kidneys have failed. Thankfully, over the last half century, science has technically triumphed over kidney failure. If both your kidneys fail, you can receive a transplant from a donor and live a fairly normal, healthy life. The technology for kidney transplants has gotten so good that the donor and recipient just need to share the same blood type. Surgeons and anti-rejection drugs can handle the rest. Since almost everyone has a spare kidney, the supply of potential donors is plentiful.

    And yet, over 5,000 people die in the US every year while waiting for a kidney transplant. This is puzzling because only 83 thousand people in the United States need a new kidney, compared to hundreds of millions of potential donors. And yet, the average person with failed kidneys remains on the transplant waitlist for 3-5 years. In the meantime, they’re hooked up to dialysis machines several times a week at an annual cost of approximately $75,000 per year. Kidney transplant surgeries typically pay for themselves within one to three years because the need for dialysis is eliminated by the new kidney.

    So why do people die from ESRD while waiting for a kidney transplant? The answer is well known - not enough people volunteer to donate a kidney. This is true in the United States and every other country in the world (with the possible exception of Iran). People simply don’t volunteer to go into surgery and give up their organs. Even when they’re dead, most people (or their families) hold onto their kidneys instead of donating them.

    Read more of this interesting article here: http://blog.priceonomics.com/post/50996688256/the-price-of-a-human-kidney
     
  2. Varine

    Varine And as the moon rises, we shall prepare for war

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    No one asks anyone to volunteer a kidney.
     
  3. iPeez

    iPeez Hot food far all world wide!

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    To which adress do I send mine? Also when do you know if your "main" kidney hasn't failed?
     
  4. Varine

    Varine And as the moon rises, we shall prepare for war

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    See your primary care physician for more details, and to see if kidney donation is right for you.
     
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  5. iPeez

    iPeez Hot food far all world wide!

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    I smoked a hell lot of green leafy stuff so I am not sure if they want mine. But if they do, I would love to help keeping someone alive! Life is such an awesome gift privilege you know ;)
     
  6. tom_mai78101

    tom_mai78101 The Helper Connoisseur / Ex-MineCraft Host Staff Member

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    Our current technology hasn't catch up on the high demand in kidney donation. If we are capable of growing adult-sized kidneys from stem cells, and are able to successfully transplant them into human bodies, we will then be able to cope with all of this.

    In the foreseeable future, it will give or take about 20 years to 30 years in order to see a shift in kidney donor demand going down.
     
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  7. iPeez

    iPeez Hot food far all world wide!

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    I don't see what people's problem with stem cells is... if "taking away life that never was anything" can save people that have families and friends who love them. !?
     
  8. Accname

    Accname 2D-Graphics enthusiast

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    I am not a 100% sure but i think there are countries where you have to actively disagree to donating your organs after your death.
    I will actually not donor any organs while i am still alive because i am actually quite frightened of surgery. I like to keep my body in one piece, you know...
    But after i died, to hell with it, do whatever you want guys. Its a sale.
     
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  9. KMilz

    KMilz You can change this now in User CP.

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    'Cuz some people believe that life starts as soon as the sperm meets the egg. To them, it's the murder of pre-babies.
     
  10. FireCat

    FireCat Oh Shi.. Don't wake the tiger!

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    One way it's no wonder.
     
  11. tom_mai78101

    tom_mai78101 The Helper Connoisseur / Ex-MineCraft Host Staff Member

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    We just tell them that we're transplanting "their babies" into their bodies, so that they will live as mothers all life long.

    If they still can't accept that, tell them to choose which one is going to die. Their relatives with kidney failures, or tiny little stem cells. One must die in order for the other to survive.

    If that doesn't work, let them choose the red pill or the blue pill.
     
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  12. FireCat

    FireCat Oh Shi.. Don't wake the tiger!

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    :rolleyes: ^
     
  13. tom_mai78101

    tom_mai78101 The Helper Connoisseur / Ex-MineCraft Host Staff Member

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    Why is it always that :rolleyes: face? :rolleyes: Are you :rolleyes: not :rolleyes: entertained? :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     
  14. FireCat

    FireCat Oh Shi.. Don't wake the tiger!

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    I might have been "too much entertained" by your... hmm
     
  15. tom_mai78101

    tom_mai78101 The Helper Connoisseur / Ex-MineCraft Host Staff Member

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    It's called a dilemma. :)
     
  16. FireCat

    FireCat Oh Shi.. Don't wake the tiger!

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    Choices, Not always are that easily! "Even try to solve this dilemma."
    Just saying.
     
  17. camelCase

    camelCase The Case of the Mysterious Camel.

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    I'm not donating my kidney because I might very well have mine fail on me. No point in giving one away and having the other fail in the future.

    But once I die.. TAKE IT! TAKE IT ALL!
     

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