JAYME'S STORY

I feel it's time to give back.

An ongoing story, Jayme is donating her kidney and we're following her progress.  We'll keep you updated throughout the process and share the encouraging news as it unfolds.  If you haven't experienced what it's like to donate your kidney, this will be enlightening & encouraging.  Perhaps you've thought about donating your kidney, this might be the right time!


A few years ago, my friend Kirsten had a blood clot go to her liver which sent her into both liver and kidney failure. She was put on the top of the list for a liver transplant. Of course, all of the girlfriends hypothetically said “Of course, I’ll donate to her!” While she was waiting for one she developed pneumonia and needed to be ventilated and during that time her liver and kidneys turned around and I am happy to say she is pretty much at a full recovery without needing a transplant. During her recovery, I would sit with her during her dialysis and thought to myself, if I would donate to her, why wouldn’t I simply donate? Just prior to that happening I remembered listening to a couple different podcasts on kidney donation on ThisAmericanLife.org & Freakonomics (podcasts below) which put me in touch with Ned Brooks who gave me some simple and life changing information that led me to getting tested to see if my kidney could be healthy enough to donate.

I’m happy to say that the answer was yes, and scheduling a donation using a paired-shared program which will not only donate a kidney to one person but hopefully create a chain of donors using a system Alvin Roth helped to create: Freakonomics.com The record set at the University of Minnesota is 38! I have had a wonderful and fulfilled life and feel it is time to give back. I am looking to donate sometime this summer.



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