HE admits there is a risk to his own life.
But a Huddersfield man has just undergone an operation to help a complete stranger.
Sam Nagy, 20, is thought to be the youngest-ever “Good Samaritan” organ donor. He has had a kidney removed in an operation to help save a renal patient.
People have hailed it as a brave decision but Mr Nagy insists he was not fazed by the move.
On a blog which he writes, called Altruistic Donation, My Journey to Save A Life, he said: “I’m just an average person, no amazing talents, no special abilities, just a motive to help.
“Inspired to help my fellow man, I first donated blood at the age of 17 and have been a regular donor ever since. I’m also on the blood platelet, bone marrow donor and organ donor register.
“Why donate now, why not when I’m older? People are dying now. Lives wasted. I can save a life now, why should I allow people’s health to deteriorate just because I’m under the age of 40?
“The future holds new donors. I can help now”.
He said that when it came to telling others what he planned to do, he found it difficult.
“You find yourself trying to remind them there are positives among the negatives.
“From the first to the last person I’ve told, I find myself fighting against misinformation. Yes, I’ll be able to continue an active lifestyle. No, I’m not at a higher risk of kidney problems.
“But strangely a question I never thought would arise which has several times is ‘are you getting a financial gain?’. No, and given the facts and figures about kidney failure, the waiting times and risks to donors, I’m sure many more people would actively donate”.
He added: “By the time I had done all the research I thought “I am quite mature for my age, what difference is a few years going to make?
“If there are people on the waiting list who are in quite a bad way, what is the reason for waiting a few years?”
His mother Karen did raise concerns but added: “I’m extremely proud of him but part of me thinks “At what point in your life as a young man do you wake up and think that this is what you want to do?”
She said that when he asked her what she thought, she told him she didn’t want him to do it.
However, she did admit that if her son needed a kidney, she would hope there was somebody like Mr Nagy who was willing to donate one.
Mr Nagy’s inspiration behind his bold decision came following voluntary work for a charity helping children in Kenya.
He does not know who has received his kidney or whether he will ever see them in the future.
He has become one of more than 80 so-called “Good Samaritan” donors, who have given up a kidney in the hope it can help a patient.