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Comment by Jeff on October 1, 2013 at 9:58pm

Hello all. My name is Jeff, and on September 19th, I donated one of my kidneys to my cousin-in-law. It has been almost two weeks since the surgery, and I am getting stronger and better everyday.

Comment by Mark on August 26, 2013 at 9:55pm
Great news Judith. An awesome example of "love thy neighbor". Good luck to you all :)
Comment by Judith on August 26, 2013 at 9:11pm

Hi Everyone,  I had my brother donate my first kidney which lasted 22 years and 8-1.2 months!  I am now on dialysis and waiting for my next living donor to be tested.  He is a really special person who called me on the phone. He lives a couple of miles from me and I didn't know.  He said on the phone" I am your neighbor and I understand you need a kidney."  I told him that I did and he said "I share your blood type and would like to give you one of mine!"  What a beautiful blessing.  My husband and I had he and his wife over one night and we had a great time talking.  It turns out he is a minister in our little town of 746 people.  He had received many requests for prayers for me and felt that the Lord had led him to this decision!  God is good!

Comment by Raph Minus1Kidney on August 26, 2013 at 8:51pm

@ Janet, it was 3 years before I really started meeting other Kidney donors (speaking at charity events). 6 years on I still don't have another donor's number in my phone I can call for a general chat.

In that time I found of mostly Altruistic donors and I got the impression they happy to type chat on the website but remain impersonal. Knowing my own recipient, I find it strange they're also very adamant the would never want to meet there recipients.

Otherwise, I have concluded, my methods of raising awareness are a bit out there (and might put some people off).

However, I reasonably expect, the last thing I think any recipient will ever what implied is "could have lost my husband, and our 3 children their father, if something had gone dreadfully wrong."

Long may our good health continue...
Comment by Janet on May 16, 2013 at 11:01pm

My husband donated part of his liver to an unknown person a couple of years ago, and he has been doing great.  He's happy that he did it, and he had wonderful care at Toronto General Hospital, (Trillium Gift of Life)  The part I find the hard is :  I supported my husband to have this surgery, and we had hoped to meet the recipient one day.  She changed her mind about that, unfortunately, as was her choice to do.  Since his donation gave her life, it surprised me greatly that she cannot meet with us for half an hour. I could have lost my husband, and our 3 children their father, if something had gone dreadfully wrong.  If anyone saved my life, I'd thank them personally. The transplant coordinator warned us that this might happen, and that it could be difficult psychologically, and here it has happened.  Has anyone had this same experience?

Comment by Cathy on May 16, 2013 at 9:24pm
Neglected to mention our transplant was done at umass memorial hospital in worcester mass by Dr. Adel Bozorgzadeh and his amazing team!!! <3
Comment by Cathy on May 16, 2013 at 9:21pm
I donated 70 % of my liver to my brother may 10, 2011. Besides my children .... The most amazing, life changing experience in my life. Hi Dawn ! :) it's great to b part of a group of such awesome people !
Comment by Julie on April 1, 2013 at 1:17pm

I donated my 65% of my Liver to my dad on June 17, 2011 at USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. It is great to connect with other living liver donors on here! 

Comment by Dawn Porreca Antaya on February 21, 2013 at 3:21pm

Donated 58% of my liver to my brother Anthony on November 19, 2007 at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA

I am so excited to be connecting with more and more " liver givers"

Comment by Pam on January 18, 2013 at 12:25am
I donated my liver in Sept to my brother. Done at NYP/Columbia.
Interesting to read of Living Liver Donors able to donate to someone other than a family member or loved one. Policy for NYP I guess, I'm happy to hear otherwise in some hospitals.

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