Category: Kidney Transplant

Why I Donated My Kidney to a Total Stranger-Susan Fredriksen

About a week after the operation, something special happened. I had the opportunity to meet Rhonda, the woman who received my kidney, and her husband Paul. About 30 years prior, Rhonda was diagnosed with a bacterial kidney infection that left irreversible damage. In 2015, her kidney began to rapidly decline, and she was put on hemodialysis for over seven months.

On the day of our meeting, I walked into a conference room where Rhonda was standing with her husband and hospital residents. She immediately hugged me and wouldn’t let go, and I started to cry. The realization of what happened between us suddenly felt so real.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” she said as she handed me flowers.

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MacArthur Student Honored for Volunteerism and Advocacy

By Alex Costello-Patch Staff

Long Island TRIO member and kidney recipient Michael Reed has advocated for organ donations and has spent years helping other kids like him.

Michael Reed — a MacArthur High School student who received a new purpose in life when he received a kidney transplant — was recently invited to speak at Stony Brook University Medical Center about the importance of being an organ donor in recognition of National Organ Donor Appreciation Day. In addition, he received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his community service efforts with the medical center.

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