Waiting on a Liver
Brian L Clark

I am so sorry for your loss. My son was born with kidney failure, but I was lucky enough to be able to donate to him. They do not do any type of transplant in our state, so we had to go out of state and I cannot imagine how long we would have had to hang around a major medical center if he had to wait on the list. He is type O and can only receive from type O, so it would have been a long wait. We were told probably 2 years. He had already been on dialysis for 4 years. He was 5 when he got his transplant.

I really think that organ donation should be an opt-out system. Everyone is a donor unless they express that they do not want to be! Also I know that signing a donor card is not enough. You need to tell your family, they have the final say.

I don’t understand why doctors won’t use an organ that has some minor problem. It’s got to be better than what the patient has to start with! So what if the liver is a little fatty? Most Americans have fatty livers and live long lives.

Since my son was born, many of my family and friends have become organ donors. They simply did not understand how important it was, or didn’t even think about it! Thank you for sharing your story. Hopefully it will educate people and encourage them to become donors as well as help bring change to how the transplant system works.