Priest gives kidney to parishioner

Priest gives kidney to parishioner

There are 2 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 14, 2009, titled Priest gives kidney to parishioner. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A priest in Normal decided to stand in solidarity with a parishioner by donating to her a kidney.

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David J Undis

Carbondale, CO

#1 Apr 14, 2009
The generosity of live organ donors like Monsignor Eric Powell is wonderful. It’s a shame we need so many live organ donors. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.
There is another good way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – if you don’t agree to donate your organs when you die, then you go to the back of the waiting list if you ever need an organ to live.
Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. About 50% of the organs transplanted in the United States go to people who haven’t agreed to donate their own organs when they die.
Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org.Th ere is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 12,000 members, including 793 members in Illinois.
THE GATEKEEPER

United States

#2 Apr 16, 2009
Yes David J Undis...It was a good thing to do!

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