In a flurry of ‘the common good’, I willingly signed the form to approve donation of my son’s kidneys. (At the time I thought for the kidneys, but it was pointed out to me by a heart recipient, that the approval would have covered all organs.)

I did mention , a little later, but before his death was organised to suit a schedule, he had lost vision in his left eye  thanks to  toxocara When diagnosed in Moorfields in London, I was told this was a rare condition even in countries where it is common. On my return to Australia it was reported there was only one case in the country. Well, Tony made that two. My ophthalmologist agrees there is a possibility of transfer to whomsoever received a donation from my son.

Buried within my thousands Evernote notes I found this one which exemplifies, for me, a major concern about organ transplants.

Transfer condition

Had I time and energy, I would plough down to find several references in medical journals of reports where the person receiving a donation later developed the same form of cancer from which the donor died.

Not only cancer but Alzheimer’s Disease

Not only organs, but now Blood

All of the above relates to the practical aspects of organ donation. I haven’t started on the ethical considerations which I have revised since my original decision.