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Bring On the Living Kidney Donation Propaganda Machine

Anyone who’s paid even a little attention to the transplant industry understands there’s a lot of questionable vocabulary around the whole thing (Donate Life, Be the Match, Give the Gift of Life, Be a Hero, etc), and those of us who live in a post-Mad Men era know that marketing is often less than truthful.

But then there’s this, which descends right into lying territory.


 1. Will donating a kidney affect my life span?

No. After one kidney is removed, the remaining kidney will adjust to filter as much as two kidneys would normally. The one functioning kidney is enough to remove all the metabolic wastes from body completely.


5. Does donating a kidney have risks for kidney donor?

Generally speaking, donating a kidney will not affect the life span or lifestyle. However, the surgery itself may have risks just like other surgeries.

6. Can donating a kidney affect having children?

Women after kidney donation still can get pregnant successfully because the surgery does not affect their reproductive organs.

7. What are the long-term effects for kidney donors?

The current research has shown that there are few long-term effects on the kidney donors. Mortality rates is the same or better than the general population.


Below was a “Have questions?” form, so I submitted the following:


This article is full of falsehoods. We have no comprehensive short or long-term data on LDs health and well-being so we have no idea if donating a kidney affects one’s lifespan. The Ibrahim and/or Segev studies do not proclaim any such thing, despite what their press releases declare. Segev was based on a ‘woefully inadequate’ database while Ibrahim was single-center and overwhelmingly white. Neither study actually followed LDs long-term.

As for pregnancy post-donation, both Reister and Ibrahim in 2009 found that LKD women were at higher risk of gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, proteinuria and preclampsia. They also found that post-donation pregnancies had a higher likelihood of fetal loss and lower chance of full-term delivery.

There’s marketing and then there’s propaganda. This article is most-assuredly the latter. You should be ashamed of your deception.



A relevant side note: I perused the About Us page which says very little about exactly who the organization or people are who run the page. In other words, the whole thing looks more than a little sketchy. Unfortunately, most people looking for information will probably be drawn in by the official, medical appearance and tone, not realizing they have no idea if the source is credible. When it comes to one’s health, suspicion and curiosity are far better than blind trust.

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