Perfect Strangers: One Gently Used Kidney—Free to a Good Home

color. 69 min. , Perfect Strangers, www.perfectstrangersmovie.com. 2015. DVD UPC 827166268620. $23.99; public performance $39.99. Closed-captioned. HEALTH
Perfect Strangers is about kidney donation by live donors. Ellie decides that she wants to donate a kidney. She reflects on her feelings as well as her family's and friends' reactions to her decision. Viewers follow her through the process, including the surgery and beyond. The film also focuses on Kathy—who desperately needs a kidney—her daily struggle with dialysis, administrated at home by her husband, as well as her fears and experiences of being on the donor list. Doctors and recipients of donated organs offer insights into the methodology and the results. This program pinpoints the need for organ donation and puts human faces on both the recipients and the donors. It touches on the use of cadaver organs but doesn't go into much depth. Bonus features include the movie trailer and a postscreening discussion held at Stanford University.
VERDICT A worthwhile addition to college and university classes in ethics and health sciences as well as donor drives and for the general public seeking information on the subject.
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