“I do a lot of talking about love, doing things for others and altruism. This was my opportunity to do that and I didn’t want to let it go.”
Anyone with blood type AB is encouraged to contact the kidney transplant center at Stony Brook Hospital.
“Guess what?” she told Lissek. “I learned I am going to have the honor of giving you my kidney.”
For Yael Krieger, deciding to donate a kidney to her father was empowering. It was also a lesson in Torah.
It’s a rare group of people who can say they saved another person’s life. But dozens of Jews, most of them ultra-Orthodox, are saving lives every year by committing a profound act of altruism — becoming a live kidney donor to a stranger. That’s thanks to Mendy Reiner, 38, a soft-spoken ultra-Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn.
An anonymous kidney donor argues against monetary compensation for organ donation. He feels adding cash to the equation trivializes an incredibly moving experience.
You can’t report a story about kidney donation without addressing some tough personal questions. Paul Berger asks: What counts as altruism — and what doesn’t?
Is it wrong for Jews to donate kidneys on the condition that they go to other Jews? Avi Bass argues this model is far from discriminatory — it’s ideal.
Here’s how we arrived at our estimate that Renewal accounts for, at most, 17% of live kidney donations to strangers in America.
It’s difficult to get kidneys for those who need transplants. Could the model of an ultra-Orthodox group that saves fellow Jews work for the black community?