Last week I donated my left kidney anonymously to a total stranger on the kidney waitlist. AMA!
Earlier this year I decided to donate a kidney, despite not knowing anyone who needed one. Last week I went through with it and had my left kidney taken out, and I'm now at home recuperating from the surgery. I wrote about why I'm doing this in ArcDigital. Through this process, I've also become an advocate for encouraging others to consider donating, and an advocate for changing our approach to kidney policy (which actively makes the kidney crisis worse).
Ask me anything about donating a kidney!
If anyone is interested in learning more about becoming a donor, please check out these resources:
- Waitlistzero is a non-profit working to end the kidney crisis, and was an excellent resource for me. I'd highly recommend getting in touch with them if you're curious, they'll have someone call you to talk.
- My previous mentioned post about why I'm donating
- Dylan Matthews of Vox writes about his decision to donate a kidney to a stranger, and what the experience was like.
- The National Kidney Registry is the organization that helped arrange my donation to a stranger.
- If you're a podcast person, I interviewed Dylan Matthews about his decision to donate here and interviewed Nobel Prize winning economist Alvin Roth about kidney policy here.
I've edited the Medium post above to link to this AMA. In addition to the Medium post and podcast episodes above, here's an album of my paperwork, hospital stay, and a shot of my left kidney sitting in a metal pan.