Yesterday I suggested something to John that I think surprised him.
John needs a lung transplant. At 78 he’s considered too old for the procedure. It’s reported that younger recipients do better and therefore the older patients aren’t considered.
My suggestion: if I’m compatible I’d donate one of my lungs to him.
After reading up on the topic, I found that in order for a living donor to donate, there need to be two donors who are matches. Each would contribute half a lobe.
So let’s say I could do it and one of John’s siblings or children would contribute. His survival would still be risky and according to statistics 40% of those with transplants die within the first two years. (Note: It’s also a risk to the donor.)
Looks like I just need to take good care of him because I’m sure he’ll survive longer than two years with the lung function he has left.