The Search for a Kidney: Josh’s Story ~ New Kidney Needed (Part 5)

By Terri

What’s it like to be a Living Donor? It’s now easier than ever with minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedures available! Josh is in need of a new kidney now. Read on to see how you might be able to help!

WDW Hints: Carolyn, being a “Living Donor” seems a bit daunting, but many people don’t realize how easy it actually can be. Can you tell us about the transplant from your experience as the donor? How long were you in surgery for? Where was the incision made? How long (or short) was your recovery? People seem to believe if they were created with 2 kidneys, they must need both… can you educate us on how people can actually survive just fine with only one?

Carolyn: From the moment I was found to be a match for Josh, I never had one second thought about donating my kidney. He needed it to live and I didn’t need the second one, so of COURSE I wanted to donate. Donation then was much different than it is now. The process is the same; the surgery is totally different. I had never had a surgery before, so Josh was my cheerleader every step of the way. The …read more

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