Gail Tomas, a 65-year-old opera singer, saved her life through advertising.
According to an article in The Week (4/13/07, p. 16), Ms. Tomas ran a “kidney needed” notice on an organ donor Web site.
Paul Wagner, a 40-year-old businessman, responded — giving Gail one of his kidneys and saving her life.
Now, Dr. Douglas Hanto, a transplant surgeon, thinks advertising for a donor online should be made illegal.
His argument: people who get organs through online advertising are jumping the line on the national organ donor list.
The article notes that of the 70,000 people needing a kidney transplant in the United States, half will die waiting, because organs are in short supply.
Do you think advertising for a kidney … or a heart … or a child to adopt … or any other important essential should be banned?
Or if you needed these things, would you conduct an aggressive marketing campaign to secure what you require — either for you or a loved one?