- Posted: 9:38 AM, April 23, 2012
Today there is a tale of woe about kidney donation from a woman who tried to help her boss only to find herself fired, she alleges, after "saving" the employer's life.
Both of these stories are exceptions to the reality.
Jim Sollisch says he was treated like a saint after donating his kidney to a coworker but that he did because he was just copying a friend who did the same thing.
The reality is that so few people donate kidneys at all (there are some 90,000 people waiting for kidneys on the national registry), that Sollisch's story is worthy of national newspaper attention.
On the negative side, Debbie Stevens cries that she wanted to do something "kind and generous" for her boss, by donating a kidney to a matching transplant candidate, so her employer could move up the transplant list and get a kidney sooner, whic is exactly what hapened. Instead of being treated like a saint, however, Stevens says she was fired from her job. The reality in this case is that doing something selfless and benevolent doesn't mean that you haven't taken a risk, and it doesn't guarantee that your life will be changed for the better as a result.
As we've argued before , there are very good reasons to consider legalizing kidney sales.
In Jim Sollisch's case, a legal kidney-sale market would not have prevented his donation. If Sollisch felt he wanted to donate his kidney without compensation, he would be free to do so, there just might be less of a need because of more willing donors.
In Stevens' case, she might have decided to proceed with her operation but could have been compensated for her decision. She still might not have her job but at least she'd have a few extra dollars in her pocket.