According to the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), more than 123,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant; the vast majority of which are the 102,000+ patients who suffer with Chronic Kidney Failure and need a Kidney Transplant. The average wait time for a Kidney Transplant is 5 to 7 years and climbing which is why last year alone, an average of 13 people died each day while waiting for their Kidney Transplant.
Yes, the outlook for many who desire a Kidney Transplant appears bleak, but one source of hope is Altruistic (selfless) Living Kidney Donation which is currently heavily underutilized. Although studies show that there are many potential Living Kidney Donors who would like to help, they are unable to do so because they cannot afford the out-of-pocket expenses.
The Huffington Post reported on Sigrid Fry-Revere's personal experience in which she desired to donate to a friend with Chronic Kidney Disease who was in desperate need of a Kidney Transplant. While she was "medically compatible and insured," she was ultimately disqualified by her friend's Transplant Team because Ms. Fry-Revere did not have the financial means to afford the necessary personal recovery expenses.
Although the Chronic Kidney Disease patient's insurance covers their Living Kidney Donor's direct medical costs, they do not offer support for transportation, lodging, childcare or lost wages. Unfortunately, Sigrid's friend was among the nearly 5,000 Chronic Kidney Disease patients who die yearly while fighting to find a Living Kidney Donor.
Due to the massive shortage of available Kidneys for Transplant, Chronic Kidney Disease patients should still attempt to overcome monetary challenges which prevent them from receiving a Kidney Transplant from a Living Kidney Donor. Hence, Chronic Kidney Disease patients who desire a Kidney Transplant should provide their potential Kidney Donors with appropriate funding resources which are currently available and fall into the OPTN Kidney Transplantation rules.
For instance, understanding the funding obstacle, Ms. Fry-Revere established the American Living Organ Donor Fund to help Altruistic Living Kidney Donors cover lost wages and Donation-related expenses by using financial donations from an online Kickstarter campaign. The fund has already helped three Living Kidney Donors and is reviewing three additional applications for assistance.
Also, the National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC) was established in 2006 to provide greater access to Living Organ Donation including Kidney Transplantation for people who want to donate, but cannot cover the travel and other expenses associated with Living Donation. As most know, The 1984 National Organ Transplant Act made it illegal to compensate Organ Donors, and while many find these programs extremely useful and even life-saving, some fear they enter "ethically murky territory," Huffington Post reported.
Transplant Surgeon Dr. Talia Baker (Northwestern University) does not oppose them, but suggests that Living Kidney Donor assistance programs ring "a little close to payment for organs," and makes her "a little uncomfortable." Your voice matters. What do you think about Fry-Revere's fund and NLDAC to assist Living Kidney Donation? Click here to Like the KidneyBuzz.com Fan Page and join in on the conversation with over 15,000 other Chronic Kidney Disease community members!
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