Spare a Kidney?

You don't have to be dead to donate an organ, but you had better know the risks before you give it up

My friend Jennifer (not her real name) is a very generous person, but I wasn't prepared for the bombshell she dropped on me the other day. "I think I'm going to donate a kidney to my former boss," she told me. "What do you think?"

Talk about giving at the office, I thought. But what I said was "How close are the two of you? How much do you know about what's involved?"

More people are asking such questions these days. It is no longer unusual for a spouse or relative to donate a kidney to a loved one,...

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