Some of us knew that already, but I suppose it’s nice that NPR has finally taken notice:
These donors say they were unprepared financially and emotionally for the prospect of lifelong health problems. And they are frustrated by a transplant system that is primarily focused on the organ recipient, but isn’t prepared to care for them.
“I don’t think the transplant community really respects donors as individuals that are going to be impacted by this,” explains Jeff Moyer. “We’re sort of treated like living cadavers.”
Too bad the writer seemed to go out of her way to stress how rare complications are (not really – 20%) and how the wounded living donors ‘have no regrets’. As if that somehow makes the systemic neglect less abhorrent.