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Latest Activity: Mar 30
Started by Dawn Porreca Antaya. Last reply by Leslie Mar 2.
Hi All. Just wondering how many living donors we have on our site?Continue
Started by Hostess Risé. Last reply by Leslie Feb 14.
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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.
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!
@ 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 http://LivingKidneyDonation.co.uk 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."
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?
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!
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"
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