Letter: No age boundaries for organ donors
We’d like to first thank The Aspen Times and writer Andre Salvail for the three recent articles about living kidney donation in the valley. Pepper Gomes, Marguerite Benjamin and Arturo Garcia have received the gift of life thanks to the selfless and heroic decision of their kidney donors.
In the most recently published article, “Aspen police official provides kidney to sheriff’s deputy’s daughter,” we noticed an error regarding the maximum age of living kidney donors. According to the article, “Kidney donors need to be younger than 50,” when in fact they can be up to 60 years old and are sometimes older. Organ donors in general can be all ages, and one donor can save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of 50 others through tissue donation.
At the Chris Klug Foundation, we are committed to eliminating the wait for the more than 123,000 Americans waiting for a transplant today. While the locals that The Aspen Times profiled have been fortunate, 18 people die each day waiting for a life-saving transplant. Becoming a registered organ and tissue donor is a way to have a lasting legacy, and it’s as simple as going to http://www.chrisklugfoundation.org to register and document your decision. For more information on organ donation or on the Chris Klug Foundation, please contact us at 970-618-7120.
Founder and Chairman, Chris Klug Foundation
Executive director, Chris Klug Foundation
Editor’s note: While there is no exact cut-off age for organ donations, there is considerable debate within the medical community regarding the preferred age for kidney transplants. Some experts suggest that a living donor who is younger than 50 offers a better chance for the long-term success of the transplant.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
I would like to make a comment to Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority, city of Aspen, Aspen Skiing Co., etc. with the ongoing Lee Mulcahy drama that has infested our community. In fact, it really applies…