Letter from campus: Gift of life

By Edward A. Malloy, CSC

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In the mid-1970s when I first joined the theology faculty at Notre Dame, I designed undergraduate courses that took up some of the hot issues of the day, including in the field of bio-medical ethics. One topic that I consistently covered was organ transplantation, particularly kidney and heart transplants. The latter received more regular attention in the press because of the symbolic connection of the heart with the center of the self. However, even kidney transplants, in which one human person was harmed in order that a relative (or other patient) might have health restored, required appropriate ethical analysis.Little did I know that over 30 years later I would move from the theoretical to the practical, that I would become a kidney donor myself.…

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