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11. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting Fun Bobby

What next, TV votes to see which of the 3 battered housewives gets the 1 remaining place in the womans shelter?

I'm wondering how long it will be before we start electing politicians in this manner . . .

12. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Fun Bobby

"no donor be allowed to choose the recipient."

I think the donor choosing the recipient is not an issue. For instance, if my sister needed a kidney and I donated 1 to her, I would be the donor choosing the recipient. The fact that this donor is deciding who the recipient is dependant on a few meetings for a TV show may not sit with everyone too well, but I think the real controversy comes due to the fact this is screened an some sort of audience participation entertainment. Surely there are easier ways to generate publicity for such a serious subject?

What next, TV votes to see which of the 3 battered housewives gets the 1 remaining place in the womans shelter?

There lies the dilemma for me - donor choosing the recipient. In making my comment I also stated: But, in saying that, does it negate me from donating a kidney to Beerman if he were in need and a match? Probably.

I think the "picking" process should be unbias but that throws a monkey-wrench into me giving a kidney to a loved one or friend (if matched) because they may not be of the highest need. Again, it's a very gray area - one I hope I never need to venture into but only time will tell...

There may not be an easier way to generate publicity as TV is viewed by millions, but there has to be a better way than this.

Actually, I'm curious if the show's creator came up with this idea or did the donor contact the creator (or creator's staff) with the idea. Now, that would be most telling of all...

13. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

From personal experience - my dad is the received a kidney transplant over 10 yrs ago - it was a bad enough time prior to that waiting - false alarms being dragged to the hospital only to be told that someone else was more suitable, then there was the transplant that went wrong where it rejected and my dad was touch and go for a time.

It is in total poor taste - raise awareness by more conventional methods but for the poor potential receipents l think its harrowing for both them and their families.

Just my opinion.

14. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

there are huge waitinglists in the Netherlands on this. Perhaps this program brings some more people think to become a donor. The programme may be bad taste but if we are all are political correct, that just doesn't help.

15. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Im sure there are long waiting lists in every country - but getting people to prove they are the better person to WIN a kidney from a terminally ill patient - no matter what it is in aid of is wrong.

There MUST be other ways of utilising television and using PR to getting people to become donors, or carry donor cards. Remember this is someone who is terminally ill and aware that thier time is near, other donors come from all walks of life - someone who walked out a door and got hit by a bus.

This is wrong (IMO) bringing competition into such a sensitive area. Sure please do something to increase donors out there - GOD l may not still have my father if it wasnt for such a kind person BUT lm sorry but the way this is being done is WRONG.

16. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

If I was the one doing the donating, I'd want nothing to do with choosing who gets what (although I wouldn't want, say, an alcoholic to get my liver if there's a non-alcoholic in line). That kind of responsibility is best left to people who have a check list and some pertinent questions. Knowing I was willingly saving one and hurting others isn't something I'd care to take to my grave.

That said, I still kind of understand the why behind the program. Organ donation is far, far below where it should be - and people are dying needlessly because of it. It doesn't mean this show's in good taste, but the intentions - however muddled and warped - are sound.

17. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting tway

That said, I still kind of understand the why behind the program. Organ donation is far, far below where it should be - and people are dying needlessly because of it. It doesn't mean this show's in good taste, but the intentions - however muddled and warped - are sound.

bad taste or good taste.....the issue gets attention and that is where it is for. it even is known abroad now. the dutch govenment discussed about it. even the people here on travellerspoint take their time to talk about it. its perfect to get some better insight in the problems around donors and the lack of it.

[ Edit: Edited on May 31, 2007, at 7:34 AM by wouterrr ]

18. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

it was one big mediastunt and it worked;). the dying woman was an actress. Good work.

19. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

it was one big mediastunt and it worked;). the dying woman was an actress. Good work.

Even better if the contestants actually get a transplant - they aren't actors.

20. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Jase007

Quoting wouterrr

it was one big mediastunt and it worked;). the dying woman was an actress. Good work.

Even better if the contestants actually get a transplant - they aren't actors.

the main issue worldwide was about the dying person in this show.