Donated my Kidney: May 20, 2020

Posted by Tammi @danhoe, May 16, 2020

On Wednesday at 5 am, I report for surgery to donate my left kidney to an unknown person. During this strange time in our world it’s time for patience and understanding. Although I have to be dropped off for surgery, I know others will be with me in their hearts. I wonder who will be receiving my kidney? Are they make or female? How old is the recipient? Will it be local or will my kidney travel? I have been so pleased with my team at Mayo handling the donation testing. My nurse, Zach, has been with me since day 1 of testing and keeps me well informed. It’s almost surreal that this journey is about to take the biggest step. Any tips or advice are welcome.

@danhoe

So happy to say my unknown kidney recipient sent me a card and letter today. They are healing each day after the transplant in May. Prior to the transplant they were on dialysis and unable to work for the last 3 1/2 years.

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@danhoe Wow, how wonderful! I'm glad your recipient reached out to you. It really validates your gift, doesn't it? The world of donation will have two new advocates – both you and your recipient – to spread the word of gifting organs! And, happy to hear you are recovering well, that hike was surely a reward for you.
Ginger

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you are a great lady God bless you

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