Though his work has saved thousands of lives, few people know the name of Dr. Paul Terasaki.
Due to the new kidney allocation policy, ironically at the age of 86, Terasaki found himself in need of an organ transplant as his kidneys were failing. His age, he noted, put him at the bottom of the list – no exception just because he was the one who made transplants possible.
Terasaki died on Jan. 25.
A 20-year-old college student who got a kidney donated by his identical twin brother is reaping a rare benefit — the ability to stop taking immunosuppressant drugs that most organ recipients take for the rest of their lives.
Brian Connor had been dealing with kidney disease and steadily declining kidney function since birth. Two years ago, his kidneys were so bad that he was put on dialysis three times a week for three to four hours at a time, he said. To save his life, his doctors said he’d need a transplant.
Fortunately, Connor was able to turn to his twin brother, Andrew, for help. The pair are identical twins, but issues in the development in utero left Brian with impaired kidneys and “a little bit smaller” than his brother, Brian said.