David Nesenholtz, Living Kidney Donor, 2008 and
Harry McAdams, Living Donor Kidney Recipient, 2008
"When my best friend told me that his kidneys were failing, in ten to fifteen seconds (literally) I made the decision and told him that I would be his kidney donor. I made this commitment because of our friendship, not because I had done the research and evaluated the options and come to the conclusion that this would be a reasonable and effective thing to do. Indeed, only after I had made the commitment to him did I research kidney donation (i.e., what the procedure is, what individual experiences have been, how long recovery takes, and so forth). As with most people, I was generally familiar with the concept of kidney donation, but I did not know what was involved or have any information about the details. Because of this subsequent research, I came to the conclusion that what I had committed myself to do (i.e., to be a kidney donor for my friend) stood not to have any particular risks or dislocations, and to be an excellent idea, after all. I had volunteered to be a kidney donor for my friend because I considered myself to be healthy and strong, and wanted my friend to be healthy again, also. In the ensuing months of “qualifying” to be a donor (based on the medical standards of the Kidney Donation Program at University Transplant Center) I went through extensive medical tests, during which I discovered a few health issues that needed to be addressed. These issues were addressed, and the kidney donation was successful on May 29, 2008. I was up and walking within a day, out of the hospital within three days, and back at work within a week. I never had any negative side effects. It is now eight months later. I am healthier than before I joined the kidney donor program. And, as for my friend, he is healthier and happier than he’s been in many years!"