Calif. Considers 'Living Donor' Organ List

SAN FRANCISCO, April 19 (UPI) — California lawmakers say they’re considering a bill to create the nation’s first Living Donor Registry of people willing to donate an organ while they’re alive.

It’s difficult under existing practice for living donors to give up a kidney or other tissues they don’t necessarily need even though tens of thousands of people are waiting for transplants, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday.

The bill would create a master list of healthy, altruistic people willing to donate an organ, the report said.

“The spirit of generosity is out there — I think it’s just waiting to be tapped,” Bryan Stewart of Donate Life California, a non-profit running the state’s organ and tissue donor registry, said. “We could do a great service to living donors and people on waiting lists and transplant centers with a registry. The need is very clear.”

The majority of those awaiting transplants in California are in need of a kidney, which can come from a living, healthy donor rather than requiring a deceased donor.

Donors can live with one kidney, and studies show no long-term health consequences and that donors have normal life spans, the Chronicle said.

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