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Kidney Chain Reaction....
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I don’t know how many of you have had a chance to listen to the Freakonomics podcast that I did last February to talk about my kidney donation, (listen above). One person who did listen is Suzanne, a remarkable lady who heard me talking with my recipient on that podcast, and decided she needed to donate her kidney as well. She spent thirty days on the Camino de Santiago, where she hiked and prayed for guidance as to her proper course of action.
She heard the call and she answered – this past Monday she donated her kidney at UCLA and initiated a chain of 13 transplants. Her decision is altering the lives of many, many people – think of all the family members who are impacted by a loved one’s new lease on life.
I tried to call her at the hospital on Wednesday morning, only to learn that she was discharged on Tuesday. I reached her at home just as she was returning from a walk outside. Yes, she donated her kidney on Monday and she resumed her activities at home on Wednesday. I have had colds that sidelined me for longer than that.
Bravo, Suzanne, you are an inspiration to the community of living donors and an example for the rest of us.