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To wonder if my child was 'swapped' at birth?

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deleted203 Thu 18-Apr-13 23:39:10

Bless. DD2 has come out with another classic...

She's 17, doing A levels and wanting to nurse. So today she received the organ donor card she'd signed up for and then said 'Mum? They do wait til I'm dead before they want any of my organs, don't they? I mean, I won't have to donate a heart or something when I'm still alive?' shock

Whilst her sister and I were still recovering from our hysterics over this little gem she went on to say, 'But can I donate something I don't want whilst I'm alive? Like - my appendix, say?' grin

Ladies...did they give me the right baby? I'm sensible, practical and very down to earth (apart from being reasonably intelligent). How did I get a child that comes out with classics like this?

Meglet Thu 18-Apr-13 23:41:08


Maybe she's been watching Monty Pythons' 'Meaning of life'.

ImperialBlether Thu 18-Apr-13 23:41:11

I'd get someone to leave an answerphone message asking her to come into hospital to see what she has that they might need.

auntmargaret Thu 18-Apr-13 23:44:07

I thought they harvested while you were still " living"? So she's right?

SirBoobAlot Thu 18-Apr-13 23:45:22


I wondered this the other day. DS doesn't like chocolate. He'll eat a few nibbles, then give me the rest. If he didn't look the spitting image of me, I would be convinced.

thebody Thu 18-Apr-13 23:52:12

Bless her cottons.

My dd (14)was aghast the other day as we were eating buffalow wings.

'Buffalows have wings? And we eat them?

Good job she's drop dead pretty really.

OkayHazel Fri 19-Apr-13 07:06:38

thebody Is that a true story? Only that's a very, very famous Jessica Simpson quote. Possible your DD heard it and pinched the joke for laughs?

LadyVoldemort Fri 19-Apr-13 07:13:26

I'm sure Jessica Simpson isn't the only person in the world to have been confused by buffalow wings hmm

OP please please do imperials suggestion, that would be so funny!

OkayHazel Fri 19-Apr-13 07:16:26

LadyVoldemort You're definitely right, I just have my sceptical head on this morning after an evening of bickering with the DP.

Can I have wine with breakfast? I've got a feeling it's going to be a long day.

FourArms Fri 19-Apr-13 07:22:52

They do take organs from you whilst you're alive unless you specifically request otherwise (which reduces the quality of the organ). You'd be brain dead though, so only alive by virtue of life support.

LadyVoldemort Fri 19-Apr-13 07:26:27

Well you've got my permission OkayHazel, in fact have another wine grin

fluffyraggies Fri 19-Apr-13 07:31:58

It constantly amazes me how much my kids don't know - at 15, 18 and 20. Daft stuff mainly.

DH was horrified when eldest DD asked how to make a Lempsip the other day, and seriously couldn't get over the fact that she didn't know.

She was in the kitchen peering at the packet. She had boiled the kettle - at least she'd got that far grin

If you don't know, you don't know. Yeah, you'd think she'd know by now, but ... obviously she didn't. i've probably made them for her up to now


Kafri Fri 19-Apr-13 08:02:52

lol, I love the fact that OP's daughter has waited until after she's regestered to ask the question.... nowt like doing your research.

bless her and good on her foe registering!

though shoukd we be worried that this girl is part of our future nursing staff

disclaimer: lighthearted - no offence intended (you never know with MN)

NewAtThisMalarky Fri 19-Apr-13 08:10:18

Its not such a daft question. People can donate a kidney while alive, and intending to stay that way.

And in anyone donating an organ such as a heart, the organ still has to be functioning so the body is technically alive (although it is being kept alive artifically) even if there is no hope.

BlahBlahBlahhh Fri 19-Apr-13 10:04:10

She has a point...think they do harvest before death. Love the suggestion of answer phone message asking her to call local hospital to say what she doesn't need grin

TheRealFellatio Fri 19-Apr-13 10:05:21

I am not sure that nursing is quite the job for her. grin

ILoveMimislabel Fri 19-Apr-13 10:11:57

Ah I trained ( to be a nurse) with a girl who when doing a blood pressure ( the old fashioned way) put the stethoscope in the patients ears! She was still qualified to be a nurse although I think she may be a teacher now !

lateSeptember1964 Fri 19-Apr-13 10:58:40

Technically she's right. They harvest a heart once you have been confirmed as brain dead, but heart still needs to be beating via life support.

LoveWine Fri 19-Apr-13 11:13:31

hahaha ImperialBlether your comment made me laugh out loud in the office. I would totally do that!

Dolallytats Fri 19-Apr-13 11:18:40

My daughter (almost 20) asked me a few weeks ago if hippos hatched out of an egg hmm. Yes, I do tease her regularly!!

Wallison Fri 19-Apr-13 11:27:13

I'd get someone to leave an answerphone message asking her to come into hospital to see what she has that they might need.

Ooh, yes, do it! grin You could send the message by text to your landline, so it does it in that spooky electronic voice.

deleted203 Fri 19-Apr-13 17:15:55

Ooooh! You lot are mean with the phone calls bit! grin...

I am sooooo tempted to get someone to call her saying that they have a patient waiting for a heart transplant and that DD has reached the top of the list to donate so they need it now. (I won't do, obviously - it would panic her!)

DD1 and I particularly liked the phrasing of 'a' heart - as though she had a couple and could spare one!

Forgot to add that when we wept with laughter over the idea that anyone was waiting for an 'appendix transplant' and her sister pointed out to her that that is the one thing no one actually needs she got cross and said, 'Well tonsils then!'...

So - if anyone out there is in need of a new appendix or a couple of tonsils I have a kind hearted child that is perfectly willing to donate hers to you...

YoniIfYouSayPlease Fri 19-Apr-13 17:53:18

Anyone else feel all weirded out when people, when talking about organ donation, use the word 'harvest'.

TidyDancer Fri 19-Apr-13 18:10:43

Jessica Simpson was questioning about whether tuna was actually chicken because it was known as the chicken of the sea. Is that the incident you were thinking of? Otherwise she's dropped two food clangers!

stephrick Fri 19-Apr-13 18:36:42

My only fun is pulling pranks on my kids. My DC is 17 and learning to drive, said she would like a Smart Car, I told her that they tip up going up a hill. Yes she believed, still does, I also told her that the big hill near us went from a dormant to active volcano and we should think about moving, again she believed until I started laughing. Such fun.

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