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(NewsOK)   Grocery clerk offers to donate kidney to woman she hardly knows after finding out they have the same uncommon blood type   ( divider line
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2002-03-06 09:25:16 AM  
I wonder how long it will take before we see the movie on WE and Lifetime.
2002-03-06 09:26:23 AM  
A+ isn't all that rare.
2002-03-06 09:26:44 AM  
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2002-03-06 09:30:29 AM  
"Paper or kidney?"
2002-03-06 09:42:54 AM  
U.S. Blood-type Distribution
O+: 38 percent of population
A+: 34 percent of population

If you consider 1 in 3 rare.... kind of misleading.

Still a damn heroic thing to do though %)
2002-03-06 09:44:58 AM  
Humanity just might have some hope for it after all..
2002-03-06 09:47:36 AM  
Doesnt this woman know that no good deed goes unpunished!
2002-03-06 09:48:38 AM  
Altruism strikes again. (Aieee!)
2002-03-06 09:48:55 AM  
One born every minute.
2002-03-06 10:00:05 AM  
Wow, it takes guts to do something like that..............
2002-03-06 10:01:35 AM  
This article is such drivel. Blood type (A+ being very common as posted above) has relatively little to do with organ transplantation. They mention in the article that the doctors are going to check if the recipient will reject the organ or not. Likely these two will have major histocompatability mismatches that makes this transplant not feasable. All that is going on here is someone needed a transplant, and someone said, "Dude, I'd give an organ to you." When in all likelyhood it won't happen. I hate it when shiat like this makes it onto the news.
2002-03-06 10:10:44 AM  
All that is going on here is someone needed a transplant, and someone said, "Dude, I'd give an organ to you."

No kidding! Shiat like that happens every day between strangers.
2002-03-06 10:10:48 AM  
shut up V242
2002-03-06 10:13:23 AM  
Very cool.
2002-03-06 10:23:29 AM  
V242, the fact that if might not happen is not important when evaluating the person's actions. This woman was ready to give up her organ. Yes, there might be mismatches that cause the transplant to be impossible, but the fact the remains that she was selfless and willing to give it up if it somehow could work. She tried her best to help another in need, and with some luck she might be able to. That's what counts.
2002-03-06 10:23:59 AM  
Wait, *they're* A+??? *I'M* A+!!!!! Let's trade organs for the hell of it!

Feh. [image from too old to be available]
2002-03-06 10:32:52 AM  
There's like a million in one chance they are compatible, incredibley nice gesture though considering that the clerk probably didn't realize all that was invloved.
2002-03-06 10:41:02 AM  
Those of you hung up on the probability of a blood type match are missing the point (V242, ViciousDarling).
2002-03-06 10:43:35 AM  
Even with an article like this some posters on Fark have to be negative, this is sad. The woman is a hero, we need more people like her.
2002-03-06 10:43:47 AM  
Wow, it takes guts to do something like that..............

2002-03-06 10:57:11 AM  
Whether they're a match or not, most people these days wouldn't even move over on the sidewalk to let a stranger walk by much less offer to donate an organ.
2002-03-06 11:03:24 AM  
"Carolyn has always been able to find the provisions she needs there - apples, lettuce, tomatoes - but there was always something not on her list that she needed more, not offered on any grocery store shelf."

It is writing like this that deserves the Pulitzer prize. I am still weepy.
2002-03-06 11:04:44 AM  
If she were from Lynn Massachusettes, she would get her ass kicked for slowing down the bagger from doing his job and making mean the people that live there wait thirty seconds longer.
2002-03-06 11:14:21 AM  
13ItemsInA12ItemOrLessLane Nobody at Market Basket would ever do that... Yeah right. I worked there long enough to not be surprised by what happened.
2002-03-06 11:20:23 AM  
John: I was trying to be funny!
2002-03-06 11:20:27 AM  
Gives me hope for today's society.
2002-03-06 11:31:21 AM  
what planet was this, again?
2002-03-06 11:42:29 AM  
"but there was always something not on her list that she needed more, not offered on any grocery store shelf."

It's writing like this that makes me wish it were legal to break the fingers of morons who think they can write.
2002-03-06 12:13:05 PM  
He's clearly a terrorist.

Bloody liberals.
2002-03-06 12:18:50 PM  
Heroism, bordering on suicidal stupidity.

Her internal dialogue: "Shut up! Shut up! I can't believe I'm saying this! I must be having a nightmare!"
2002-03-06 12:24:24 PM  
Mu blood type is A+ too... I sent the chick a message saying she could have my kidney, if it were compatible, but I can't pay for the test or anything, being a poor college bum.

Oh wait a sec... a thousand do-gooders like me will get this lady a huge amount of debt and no kidney. Blast!

Actually, I did tell her she could have it if we were compatible, and I am paying for the test. For no other reason than to prove you cynical farkers wrong. Chew on that before you respond...

And before you say it, when I say "for no other reason than..." I mean, "for many reasons, but you are funny to me..."
2002-03-06 12:29:31 PM  
Okay, I'll chew on that then. Commencing chewing . . . now.
2002-03-06 12:33:44 PM  
Chewing tobacco causes cancer, though, mouth cancer. Or so I've heard.
2002-03-06 01:05:55 PM  
And if you swallow it by accident, it causes ass cancer.
2002-03-06 01:22:42 PM  
Those of you who are saying that the blood type doesn't matter much don't know what the hell you are talking about. As the recipient of a transplant, blood type is most of what matters. Yes, when matching cadaver kidneys, they match other things to make sure the most appropriate kidney gets to the most appropriate patient, but overall those matches are relatively unimportant (unless there is a perfect match, which is rare). If you have the same blood type (though folks are now working on cross blood tpe transplants), or the donor has O, and a live kidney, the chances are very good that they'll be a match.

The most significant hurdle is that a lot of the time - and this happened with me - medical testing of the live donor finds something which causes the hospital to turn down the donor. Any sign of kidney stones or disease will result in the donor being rejected. This is the reason why many donors end up being unsuitable.

Yes, there are other factors, and they do have to make sure that the recipient doesn't have any antibodies that would cause significant problems with accepting the kidney, but this is a relatively unusual reason for a transplant being rejected, especially if the recipient hasn't had a transplant before.

2002-03-06 01:27:13 PM  
It's actually a bad thing. We should all go on a donation strike until the buying and selling of organs becomes legal. Only then will there be no more shortages.
2002-03-06 01:30:33 PM  
Rock on.
2002-03-06 02:23:38 PM  
I don't know who wrote the headline thingy for this post, but A Positive blood is DEFINITELY not a rare type of blood. A Positive blood type is the second most common type of blood.

But this is a really neat story.

PS. I am not sure if anyone mentioned the blood type thing yet, but I really don't have the time to read all posts, so I am adding my 2 cents worth.
2002-03-06 03:04:10 PM  
Not that it isn't a nice [image from too old to be available]ing gesture, but first I'd wonder if the other person would do the same for me.
2002-03-06 03:26:22 PM  
I think people are misinterpreting V242's statement, "Blood type...has relatively little to do with organ transplantation."

Notice the phrase "relatively little". That means that in the whole scheme of what will happen to determine compatibility, the fact both people have the same blood type is small. It doesn't mean that blood type is unimportant.

The whole goal of the organ transplantation tests is to determine if the host's body can be fooled to look over the donor organ, and if the donor organ can be fooled into thinking it is still where it came from. So, in the big picture, the polysaccharide chains on the red cell membranes are fairly simple to match, but the human leukocyte antigens are the main cause of incompatibilities in matching donors to recipients.

That's one reason possibly that the newer donation processing technologies in red cell transfusion medicine are aimed at leukoreduction.

As for the headline, I thought the recipient was going be a Bombay type or something unusual.
2002-03-06 07:41:10 PM  
At least she's not asking $50 for her purse.
2002-03-07 01:28:22 AM  
About that purse thing, that happened in the city where I go to school. If I find some lost valuable, I'm either keeping it or leaving it where I find it. Niceness be damned, I'm not getting shot.
2002-03-07 09:30:47 AM  
ABC news reported yesterday evening that there was, in fact, an ulterior motive for the donation. The donor's brother also is on the waiting list for a kidney. ABC continued by saying that now the donor's brother had been moved up on the list...with the situation now drawing fire as "organ trading".
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