We wouldn't have to transplant so many higher-risk organs into elderly patients if Americans weren't burying or cremating 20,000 transplantable organs every year ["Older Patients Can Do Well With Kidney Transplant," usnews.com].
There is a simple way to stop this terrible waste - give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die. Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.
David J. Undis