Push for reimbursement of expenses for living organ donors

WEAU | Danielle Wagner

ELK MOUND, Wis. (WEAU) -- Transplant leaders say living organ donors are on the decline, which is why they're pushing for a reimbursement of donor expenses.

The reimbursement would be intended to help cover the cost of lost wages, transportation, child care, and other costs besides the actual surgery.

The 1984 National Organ Transplant Act forbids paying for human organs, but transplant leaders say this would be a reimbursement as opposed to a payment.

Thanks to a living donor, 30-year-old Laura Walsh wakes up every day grateful to be alive. Walsh was born with tiny, deformed kidneys.

In July 1991, when she was six years old, her dad donated his kidney to her.

"It's not only donating an organ, it's giving a life to somebody. It's giving somebody a chance to be successful," said Laura Walsh. Continue reading