Mom to donate kidney to another boy after son’s death

MacKinnonIt was supposed to be a gift of life for her child: Her left kidney. A perfect match and a chance for her 18-year-old son to get off the leash of dialysis and have the healthy life he deserved.

But it wasn’t to be.

Three days before the transplant, David MacKinnon had a stroke. He died June 8, 2011, on what was to be the day his mother, Michelle, would have given him a kidney.  READ MORE>>

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Clyde Simms waits for another kidney transplant

ClydeClyde Simms‘s day begins at 4:50 a.m.

Three days a week, the former MLS midfielder reports to a dialysis clinic near home in the Boston area for a 6 o’clock appointment to have blood filtered for four hours, a treatment necessitated by kidney disease. After the tubes are removed from his left bicep, Simms heads to work, an indoor cycling studio in Dedham that he co-owns and manages.

On the days he doesn’t require treatment, he reports to Rev*d at Dedham Place to welcome the 6 a.m. arrivals.  READ MORE>>

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Woman gets kidney via 68-person organ donation chain

mitzaA Wausau woman is the last link in a 68-person kidney transplant chain of donations that started in Minnesota, spread across the country and ended at the University of Wisconsin in late March.

After living with renal insufficiency for 30 years, 77-year-old Mitzi Neyens’ condition had begun to worsen in the past two years, she told Press-Gazette Media. She was able to take part in the massive organ donation chain after De Pere school teacher Megan O’Leary donated a kidney to a matched recipient in exchange for a matched kidney for Neyens, her long-time family friend.  READ MORE>>

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Woman gifts son life-saving kidney after dad shows reluctance

When children around the world were busy pampering their moms by making breakfast, giving flowers, cards, and gifts on the Mother’s Day, a 55-year-old woman gave her son the gift of life: a kidney.

Vadnagar resident Gauriben Jeevanbhai donated a kidney to her labourer son Pravin Kumar at Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC) on Sunday. Pravin has been fighting end-stage renal disease for the past seven months. Now, his mother  hopes her gift will finally let her 32-year-old son live an active life without dialysis. READ MORE>>

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Bill Hoffer marks one Mother’s Day with kidney donation

HofferNo matter what gift Bill Hoffer prepares for Mother’s Day, nothing is going to top seven years ago, when he gave his mother a kidney.

“I told him: ‘You don’t ever have to bring another Mother’s Day gift,’ ” Anne Hoffer said. “He does anyway.”

Bill grew up in Zanesville, as did his mother, as will Bill’s children and his siblings’ children. He and Anne get together for dinner every year, just the two of them, on May 6, the anniversary of the transplant.  READ MORE>>

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A Kidney Donor Who Wants No Help

anonymousI donated my kidney. And I have to say that, with the exception of my marriage and the birth of my children, living donation was by far the most meaningful experience of my life. The only reason I write anonymously here is that I never wanted to broadcast what I did. The act was rewarding enough.

Each of the dozens of donors I have met has found the experience to be life affirming and life altering. Whatever else we have done or will do, we have extended the life of another person and joined our life with that person.  READ MORE>>

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Texas Grandmother Donates a Kidney to Save Her Toddler Granddaughter

CindyA Texas grandmother plans to celebrate Mother’s Day with her daughter and toddler granddaughter less than two months after donating her kidney to save her granddaughter’s life.

Cindy Smith, 54, said she feels “blessed” that she was able to be there for both her granddaughter, Clara, and her daughter, Kate Boddie. Clara, now 21 months old, was born with only a single kidney, and it was impaired by cysts.

“This is our first grandbaby,” Smith said. “Nowadays, things go so smoothly with science, and it just was not the case with Clara. … We knew she was a fighter.”  READ MORE>>

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Former softball pitcher to donate kidney to twin brother

twinsResearchers often suggest that twins have their own language, but soon a pair of twins living in Utah and Idaho will share even more than that.

Jasmine Ioane and her twin brother, Jeremy, grew up in Oahu, Hawaii. Jasmine, older by an hour, said they were always very close and that they grew up playing sports. Consequently, their work paid off and Jasmine received a scholarship to play softball, first at a junior college in Arizona, and then at Weber State University, while Jeremy played football at Boise State University.  READ MORE>>

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Kidney transplant changed Elizabeth Hylick’s life forever

LizIn December of 2002, Elizabeth Hylick’s received a phone call from her doctor who delivered some bad news. She was in the advanced kidney renal failure and would have to go into dialysis. That call changed her life forever.

#“I was very scared because of all the horror stories I had heard about being on dialysis,” Hylick said. “But I found out later it was the best thing to keep me alive.”  READ MORE??

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Sandy meets Emily, the woman who helped save her life with an organ donation.

SandySometimes, the pain was so bad Sandy Lynch wished for death.

Three days a week for seven years — three to three and a half hours each session — the Fresno woman visited a dialysis clinic, where plastic tubes ran from her arm to a machine that filtered her blood, filling in for kidneys that no longer worked.

“I’d start screaming and my son and his dad would run in with ice packs and I’d have to be on pain pills,” Lynch recalled of many dialysis treatments. “I just prayed one night, I said, ‘God, cut my arm off or take me out of here,’ because I couldn’t take it.” READ MORE>>

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