THE BUFFALO NEWS – MY VIEW
By Diane Bookhagen
Updated: July 23, 2012, 5:10 PM
Three months ago, I was admitted to Erie County Medical Center for an elective nephrectomy. Today, with the exception of a small scar on my abdomen, I look and feel as well physically as I ever have. Although my outward appearance is the same, what has changed forever is my heart.
You see, my surgery involved removing my left kidney and transplanting it into a man I had met the week before. Mitch Stone had posted his profile on the Western New York Kidney Connection many months before. He was suffering from a hereditary kidney disease and was facing a future on dialysis. I am in excellent health, am retired and had considered donation for some time. We emailed each other, I was tested at ECMC and we discovered that we were a match. Little did I know that by giving Mitch something he needed, I, too, would receive some remarkable gifts. (more…)
As reported by The Buffalo News
November 22, 2009
I was like you. I thought it would be nice to donate a kidney. But I was too busy, and besides, what if one of my kids needed it someday — what if I needed both? It’s better to let other people donate instead of me. I just don’t have the time.
One night, I watched a TV special about altruistic donors. I never realized how many people were dying while waiting for a broken system to work for them. So the next morning, I got on their Web site to see what it was all about. I was impressed with how organized the Web site was and I was blinded by the shear number of people — real people, like you and me — pouring out their last hope. (more…)