Why do we have two kidneys if we can perfectly live with one?
“ Kidneys for live ”
Spain, March 2012.- this is the question that ALCER wants to move to the citizens. So tables will be installed in 50 cities where people can write a book in your response to the question. Each perspective you want: realistic, scientific, medical, supportive and idealistic. It is an initiative on the occasion of the world kidney day which this year bears the motto “ kidneys to live ” which aims to educate people about the importance of donation.
At the same time to discover the perception people have about this item, from ALCER is intended to the people aware that it is possible to live with one kidney. In Spain, according to the Dr. Rafael Matesanz Director of the national organisation of transplants (ONT), “ currently about 24,000 people live with a transplanted kidney because in his day they received a person deceased or alive ”.
From ALCER is considered very important that everyone knows that you can live with one kidney and that in fact there are many people living like this thanks to solidarity. But above all is to emphasize the happiness felt by the people who gave consent for the donation of a deceased relative and those that remain alive donated a kidney. Two completely different situations but that according to all the experts agree on one aspect, the satisfaction that is left of life having helped to live another person.
There is no evidence of family members or donors unhappy with his gesture and Yes contrary to some degree of repentance in the case of donations of corpse, when to the tragedy of the first moments some people are refusing to allow the donation of their family and spent time think that they should have acted differently.
Talk with the family about the desire of each is key. This allows that subsequently the family be safe to make the decision that comes closest to the will of the donor. The life of many people who are on the waiting list to receive a kidney depends on the performance of these families.
The President of the National Federation ALCER, Alejandro Toledo, has pointed out: “ we hope that people approaching the bureaux of all the cities, leave us your written opinion and above all, wish us to ask you don’t have doubts if come the case have to make a decision. Most of the people identified the donation with the death and should be upside down. The donation is life and the kidneys are to live longer when it is done from life itself ”.
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