It’s like four blog posts in one today: My Google news alerts have been practically bursting with stories of living donors these past few days. Here is a quick digest of some of what’s out there:
- This Friday in Maryland, Christy Manclark, a mother of two who’s waiting on the list for a kidney, is joining her husband and some friends to put on a show at the Amesbury Playhouse — called “Laughter for Life: a Celebration of Hope — as a fundraiser to offset costs for potential living donors down the line. She’s using the National Transplant Assistance Fund to manage the money — a terrific resource for transplant recipients because it gives them a tax-free place to collect charitable donations for use to offset expenses related to transplant later on.
- Some of you already know that my liver donation in January 2006 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital was the Laparoscopic-Assisted Right Lobe Donor Hepatectomy, or, in plain English, the first time a living liver donor’s liver lobe was removed using a scope inserted through the belly button. This less-invasive procedure not only is easier on the donor, but also results in a much shorter and straighter scar. As evidence that the technique is catching on, I noted that last month the Henry Ford Hospital completed the first re-section of this kind in the state of Michigan, on Amy Frankford, who donated her liver to her father, Michael Frankford.
- There’s a great story with great photos about Sid Kirkland, who spent his 43rd birthday last month donating a kidney to his friend Betsy Justice at Loma Linda Medical Center.
- Also in Michigan, the ABC12 news team aired a video segment last Friday on how plasmapheresis and paired donation registries like this one can help and have helped speed the process of finding matching donors.