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Specialists call for legalised trade in kidneys

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:443

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I disagree on your arguement regarding legalizing organ sale. I believe more pressure should be applied on legislation to modify our current methods of aquiring vounteers. Rather than allowing people to stick a little pink dot on their drivers license. We need to develop a more accountable method. For example, it is now common practice for a parent to file for social security card upon child birth. A system could and should be set up similar to this. Which not only generate a donor card for the individual but would also create a record. Ultimately eliminating timely delays of organ donation.

I am a simple woman currently in Shanghai with my husband who was forced to come here for a Liver Transplant. We have tasted UNOS and the Transplant centers in the states first hand. My husband suffers from liver cancer. After being on the transplant list for 5 months. He was removed from the transplant list after his tumor had grown beyond what the set criteria considers a sucessful candidate.

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13 March 2006
Loretta K De Leon
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