POSTED: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 4:08pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 4:34pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — The United Network for Organ Sharing coordinates organ donation in the United States. They want to change the way the transplant system works, to match organs with recipients based on their age, rather than giving a kidney to the patient who has been on the list the longest.
But some say that's age discrimination, and will hurt the chances for older patients to get the life saving organ. Transplant surgeon, Dr. Daniel Frey in Lafayette disagrees. He says the change could benefit all 1600 patients waiting for a kidney here in Louisiana.
"If it works out right, it will help all the patients everywhere because you will have kidneys that last the appropriate length of time in the people that need them." says Dr. Frey.
With the proposed change, organs will be transplanted into patients who are within 15 years of the age of their donor.
Doctors want to hear what you have to say about the idea before moving forward. To share your thoughts, go to www.unos.org . For more information on organ donation and transplants in Louisiana, go to www.lopa.org