Kidney donors create chain of life in Des Moines

Donor Mike Dodge, right, of Mason City, talks about donating a kidney to Nick Titus, left, after they met for the first time, Friday morning Jan. 11, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Doctors in central Iowa are celebrating the completion of five kidney transplants in three days thanks to a group of strangers. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Rodney White)
DES MOINES — Mike Dodge of Mason City is a little sore, but that’s to be expected two weeks after giving up a kidney.

He was part of a paired donation chain involving 10 people and five donated kidneys performed at Mercy Medical Center. According to hospital officials, the effort represents the largest such transplant chain ever in the state.  READ MORE>>

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The Gift of Life: Cañon City woman thankful for kidney donation

Emily Garcia talks about her experience getting a recent kidney transplant. (Jeff Shane/ Daily Record)

Daily Record

Emily Garcia has just begun a brand new chapter in her life.

A life without dialysis, needles and blood transfusions.

A life with a more certain future and more time with her family.  READ MORE>>

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Kidney donor, recipient share their story

Midland Reporter-Telegram

After waiting four years for a kidney, Jennifer Brown, of Dallas, found a match in Midlander Stacy Nelson.   The women shared their story at the Uptown Midland Business and Professional Women meeting on Wednesday at the Petroleum Club.  READ MORE>>

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Britain’s oldest living kidney donor is mentoring other organ donors


Last year, The Gazette reported how Nicholas Crace, from Overton, joined a group of only 100 people known as “altruistic donors”, who give a kidney to a person they have never met. At the age of 83, this selfless act made him the oldest living person in the UK to donate a kidney.  READ MORE>>

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Transplant lets kidney patient follow his dream of marriage and children

Ray Mui and his wife Winnie are looking forward to leading a normal life, thanks to his kidney transplant last year. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Morning Post

It was like getting a “big wedding gift” when engaged transplant patient Ray Mui received a new kidney – and a new lease of life – from a deceased donor.

The 40-year-old teacher’s life revolved around daily 11-hour dialysis sessions at home. The thought of a honeymoon or having children were just dreams. Then a matching kidney became available.  READ MORE>>

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Local woman finds kidney donor close to home


A Huntington High School graduate with double kidney failure who has been waiting for a kidney donor has found one very close to home.

Michelle Reaster Pollock learned just days before Christmas that the daughter of her best friend had been tested to see whether she could be a potential kidney donor and that she had come back as a perfect match.  READ MORE>>

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Kannapolis Police chief recovering after kidney transplant

Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS — After months of waiting and a longer struggle with renal disease, family members say Kannapolis Police Chief Woody Chavis is recovering well after a kidney transplant operation Monday.

Chavis, who’s been on the force for almost 30 years and has been police chief since 2007, went public about his condition last August in an effort to encourage both kidney patients needing dialysis and potential organ donors.  READ MORE>>

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10-year-old Jessica Schwerin and kidney donor Brian Martindale reunite following transplant

Brian Martindale visits 10 year-old Jessica Schwerin in her recovery room at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Sunday, Jan. 13. Jessica and her donor Martindale, both of Bay City, underwent a kidney transplant operation Friday, Jan. 11. Martindale, recovering in University Hospital, is expected to be discharged Monday, Jan. 14, while Schwerin will be at C.S. Mott for at least another week. Photo By Colleen Harrison |


ANN ARBOR, MI – Although Bay City 10-year-old  Jessica Schwerin was asleep at the time, she got a visit Sunday, Jan. 13, from her kidney donor, Bay City businessman Brian Martindale.

The transplant operation two days earlier that Jessica needed was a success and both patients were doing well.  READ MORE>>

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Kidney transplant recipients and donors reunited

NEW YORK (WABC) — In Manhattan there was a celebration of lives transformed.

Weill Cornell Medical Center on the Upper East Side hosted a party for kidney transplant recipients.

These children and their families celebrated not just how lives were saved, but also how lives have changed.  READ MORE>>

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Seabee’s kidney donation changes friend’s life

Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Leah Rapp, right, donated one of her kidneys to her best friend, Susan Stout.

Navy Times

One Seabee took the Navy’s recruiting slogan to heart, becoming a one-woman “force for good” by donating a kidney to her best friend.

Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Leah Rapp, a reservist based in Detroit, donated the kidney in late December to Susan Stout, whose quality of life was suffering.  READ MORE>>

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