However, the problem still persists—people get sick and people need organ transplants. Because people who are in need of kidney transplants can temporarily live on with dialysis and machines hooked up to them, kidney organs are needed more and more.
Charles Graeber wrote in his article in 2007 that about 60,000 Americans need kidneys; Sally Satel wrote a year later that 70,000 kidneys are needed now—that is a rough estimate of 10,000 kidney organs needed barely a year later.
Therefore, medical science and the world at large are faced with a problem—more sick people and more kidneys needed and less donors. Unfortunately, that is not the only thing which is a problem. Aside from the lack of organs, another problem persists—that is, the ethical dilemmas surrounding the donation itself.
In Graeber’s article, it featured the story of Charles Cullen, a serial killer who wanted to donate kidneys but is finding a hard time to do so—because he is serial killer. Thus, the question of where the kidney came from is an ethical dilemma. Aside from that, in Satel’s article, another story is featured—that of Clois Guthrie who is very old and had a kidney available to him but the doctors hesitated in giving the organ to him because of his age.
Cullen was available to donate his kidneys provided that he acquired a new name while Guthrie died without having the opportunity to have a new kidney. The availability of the organ is a big issue—but the procedure surrounding the donation itself is another issue. Who would have thought organ transplants can be so complicated when all a person wants to do is live or allow another person to live?