Wonderful story! The behind-the-scenes story is that if the government were not involved in organ transplants there would be plenty of organs at a reasonable cost available to those who need them. The idea that I do not own my own bodily organs, either during life or as part of my estate after death, restricts availability. If I want to, and if I am healthy and of sound mind and understanding, there is no reason why I should not be able to sell a kidney. The market and supply and demand would dictate the price, as it does with everything else the government manages to keep its hands off of. Why shouldn't my organs be part of my estate and be available for a donation fee to benefit my survivors? Supply would dramatically increase (no, there would be no Orson Scott Card-like organ auctions or prisoner organ-harvesting), the market would stabilize prices, the medical and legal systems would check potential abuses, and few would die waiting for their name to get to the top of a government list.
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