Woman finds kidney donor from misplaced Craigslist ad

Published on November 23, 2015

Update- 2 December 2015:

PHILADELPHIA – The kidney transplant between Glenn Calderbank, of West Berlin, and Nina Saria, of Egg Harbor City, did not happen as scheduled Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, Calderbank was recovering in the hospital, and Saria was back home and on dialysis.

According to Saria, they both arrived at the hospital at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Calderbank was prepped for surgery first and taken into the operating room. Saria said she received updates that the surgery was going well, and then she was prepped for surgery. She said she was then given some sort of anesthetic.

“When they woke me up, I thought the surgery was done,” Saria said. “They said, ‘I’m sorry to tell you, but you aren’t going to get a kidney today.’”

Saria said they found cirrhosis of Calderbank’s liver during his surgery, which meant he could not give his kidney to Saria. Calderbank has admitted he was an alcoholic, now four years sober, and is a smoker. It is not known if that was a contributing factor to the cirrhosis.

“I was lost,” Saria said. “I didn’t know what to do. When they told me about my disease I thought it was the toughest day, but this is even worse.”

On Tuesday, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania cited medical reasons for the transplant cancellation, releasing this statement to the Courier-Post:

“Due to unforeseen medical issues, the kidney transplant did not occur as planned this morning. Both patients are in good condition.”

Calderbank and Saria were strangers who met when Calderbank happened upon Saria’s Craigslist ad looking for a living kidney donor. Calderbank had gone through a similar experience when his late wife needed a kidney a decade ago. Calderbank underwent testing to see if he would be a match for Saria. In October, he called her with news that the transplant would occur on Dec. 1.

“Glenn is still a hero,” Saria told the Courier-Post on Wednesday. “He did everything possible. He went into surgery and under the knife for me.”

Saria said they do not blame anyone for the complication, but they want people to know what happened. The Sarias have set up an email address for potential kidney donors: akidney4nina@yahoo.com.
Source: courier post online

A surgery scheduled for Tuesday, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, has been cancelled, because unforeseen medical issues according to hospital officials.

The ad on Craigslist, that brought two strangers together, was titled Looking for a Brave Person to Donate a Kidney.

Update: December 1, 2015-Update:After months of testing, 49-year-old Glenn Calderbank was prepared to donate his kidney to 33-year-old Nina Saria. The surgery began Tuesday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania but was not completed. A hospital spokeswoman told “CBS This Morning” in a statement: “Due to unforeseen medical issues, the kidney transplant did not occur as planned…Both patients are in good condition.” Nina and her family will continue their search for a donor.- CBS News

Glenn Calderbank is giving the gift of life after stumbling on a Craigslist posting.

The 49-year-old New Jersey man is preparing to donate his kidney to a woman who would die without it — someone who until very recently was a total stranger.

“I think this is very important,” he told CBS Philadelphia. “So important, I’m risking my life for it. I can save somebody.”

Saria couldn't believe what she was hearing. "These words were something I waited more than a year to hear," she told CNN

Watch the video here.
Those who know Calderbank wouldn’t be surprised by his generosity, or the fact that he has been to the hospital a dozen times already in preparation for the transplant

But what is surprising is the series of coincidences and dumb luck that brought him to this point.

He had been looking in the material section of Craigslist for his job. He came across a posting — mistakenly placed in that section — begging for help to save the life of Egg Harbor, New Jersey, resident Nina Saria.

“Looking on Craigslist it struck my eye,” Calderbank said. “Somebody was asking for a kidney for their wife.”

Calderbank responded by asking Nina’s blood type. It was A Positive — same as his.

Within a week, Calderbank and Saria were sitting face-to-face.

“I said ‘look, I know I’m a match.’ She said ‘how do you know that?’ I said ‘there’s no way that I saw your ad by accident, we’re the same blood type, and I’m not a match’.” Testing confirmed he would in fact be a perfect donor.

The experience has an even deeper meaning for Calderbank because his late wife, Jessica, waited two years for a new kidney after hers started failing.

Eventually, she received one from a deceased donor. But when her body rejected it, she died on dialysis.

Now, four years later, Calderbank can help another family through the ordeal.

“I don’t feel special,” he said. “I just feel like somebody had to.”

Source: CBS NEWS November 23, 2015 PM ©CBS Interactive Inc.

CNN- www.cnn.com/2015/11/22/us/craigslist-kidney-donor-new-jersey/