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Make it easier to be a living organ donor

When I heard that my uncle was in need of a new kidney, I jumped at the chance to donate. Sure, I was nervous about the operation, but that wasn’t going to stop me. Unfortunately, when I looked into it further, something complicated my decision to save my loved one’s life.

It turns out the state of Minnesota doesn’t guarantee paid leave for living organ donors. That means kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas and lung donors must sacrifice vacation and sick time, and face days of lost pay. Most people don’t work for companies that provide paid time off for living organ donors, so those of us who want to donate an organ must make a hard decision. For some of us, it is a decision we just can’t afford.

Giving the gift of a living organ is not an easy process, but I want to make it easier. Please join me in asking Minnesota to guarantee one week of paid leave for living organ donors.

Minnesota is blessed with fantastic transplant centers. My donation went off without a hitch, and I was back at home two days later, and back at work two weeks after that. If I had had complications, I would have run out of sick time and been forced to dip into our savings. Luckily, my wife and I had a cushion, but I still had to think long and hard about it. Would an extended hospital stay have jeopardized the security of my family? For other potential donors, this complication has meant that they can’t move forward with the transplant. None of us should have to choose between paying our bills and giving someone life. If something goes wrong, we should be protected and know that we will have the ability to heal without going broke.

Let’s make it easier to give the gift of life. Join me and ask Minnesota to guarantee one week paid leave for living organ donors.

 

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