Skip to comments.Donor organ 'personality' worry
Posted on 06/08/2009 10:19:49 AM PDT by Badabing Badablonde
Most people have a strong aversion to the idea of receiving a donor organ from a killer, a study suggests.
Those questioned said they would be far happier receiving a transplant from someone with a good moral background, the Cheltenham Science Festival heard.
It follows on from research which found one in three organ transplant patients believe they have taken on some aspects of the donor's personality.
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They were shown pictures of strangers and asked to rate how happy they would be to receive an organ from them.
The students were then shown the photos a second time but told that the person was good or bad.
Negative scores increased dramatically when they were told the donor was a bad person.
When told they were looking at pictures of good people, there was a small increase in positive ratings.
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Kramer: You were lucky that I was there. You lost a lot of blood.
Kramer: Oh yeah, you’ve got three pints of Kramer in you, buddy.
Kramer joins in: AHHHHHHHH!!!!!
Hope that wasn’t important.
People are so friggin weird.
The recipient shouldn’t worry too much. Unless they start craving fava beans with their liver transplant...
I had 7 "offers" for a kidney before I received my transplant in May 2008, and the info is only what is necessary to make the decision on whether to accept or deny the organ (I was "first" on the list for 3 of the calls; 3-4 back for the others). For the kidney I did receive, I was told that it was a from a 16 year old female who was in a group home for substance abusers, and overdosed on Methadone. They also told me that her lab work was fine, and negative for various blood-borne pathogens such as HIV and Hep C. They do not give a name, nor any other info; just what's pertinent to the transplant. I later found out through newspaper articles the circumstances of her death, her name, and which group home she was in.
Unless the organ in question is the brain, I fail to see how the personality of the organ donor has any relevance.
I would rather take the liver of an evil non smoking non drinker than from the nicest most generous heavy smoker and drinker in the world.
It seems to be pretty commonly believed. The mother of the little boy who received my stem cells to rebuild the immune system he was born without seemed just a bit scared when I told her I was a Trekkie, WoW loving geek who likes to listen to Vocaloid music and DJ sets, and have a major tendency to procrastinate.
People never did need a logical reason to believe what they believe I guess.
But health habits seem far more relevant to me than personality.
Not sure how the “personality” of someone’s liver is going to change my outlook. But I know that the liver of a nonsmoking nondrinker is HEALTHIER.