Two daughters. One heartbreaking choice.

First proof copy of The Donor arrived from Faber today. It’s gorgeous! Great tag line too –

Two daughters.

One heartbreaking choice. 

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Will Marion, a single dad, has two perfect kidneys. His sixteen year old twin daughters aren’t so lucky. Without transplants, both girls will probably never see adulthood. The waiting list seems never-ending and their types are rare.

Time is critical, and he has to make a decision.

Should he buy a kidney? Be an organ tourist? 

Should he save one child? If so, which one?

Should he sacrifice himself?

Or is there a fourth solution – one so terrible it has never even crossed his mind?

I’m not telling you what Will decides, but I would love to know what you’d do in his situation…

(I can’t work out how to upload this picuture, but it was the thing that most inspired me when I was writing this novel.  Boy, it’s a long one…)

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/12_01/kidneyDM0312_800x483.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-499486/Inside-transplant-tourist-trade-The-desperate-men-One-Kidney-Island.html&usg=__ZkVBr1xHAxz3JV0VF3Yn19iR–c=&h=483&w=800&sz=100&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=24qBNMVd06VNRM:&tbnh=153&tbnw=217&ei=1bNnTZXFDJGKhQfIotTADQ&prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2522one%2Bkidney%2Bisland%2522%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26rlz%3D1W1SKPB_en%26biw%3D1259%26bih%3D628%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=330&oei=1bNnTZXFDJGKhQfIotTADQ&page=1&ndsp=16&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0&tx=161&ty=88 

 

 

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~ by helenfitzgerald on February 25, 2011.

6 Responses to “Two daughters. One heartbreaking choice.”

  1. Congrats!

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  2. Organ trafficking’s a horrible business, and it’s utterly unacceptable that we live in a world in which some people are so desperately poor they’re willing to sell a healthy kidney. But if one of my children needed an organ and the only way to get it was to buy it, would I? Absolutely.

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  3. When I was writing the book, I rang my mum and asked her if she’d buy a kidney for me (for around ??40k) if I needed it. She said no, that she found it morally repugnant, feeding off other people’s misery. I think she was also worried about setting that kind of precedent in a family of our size!

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  4. Knowing you, I bet I know what the protagonist decides…I thought the reason you and Serge had two kids was so you’d both be covered if you needed organ transplants.

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  5. You know, I wondered if that was a real picture you’d described in the book…And I agree with Sergio, I find it morally wrong…as long as it’s not my kid. In which case, I’m on the first plane out there with my own box of ice.

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  6. Did anyone see the story about the teenage boy (China I think) who sold his kidney to buy an Iphone or Ipad or Isomething?

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