Three years ago I donated my left kidney anonymously to a total stranger on the kidney waitlist. AMA!
Three years ago today, I donated a kidney, despite not knowing anyone who needed one. My kidney went to a total stranger who I didn't know. I wrote about why I did it in ArcDigital. Since then, 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 previously mentioned post about why I donated
- 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.
The blogs above show my writings from when I donated, but 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.