The Season of Giving

I usually turn to a steaming cup of hot green tea to warm myself up during these cold Winter months, but today this story of giving was a much better remedy. With the Winter holidays just around the corner, could there be a better time to feel good about humanity?

The story is of 10 patients in need of a kidney transplant and all of whom had friends or family members willing to donate their own kidney, but were not a match. After adding themselves to a pairing list, the patients were able to swap donors to receive a healthy kidney. Click on the link below to read the full story.

26 Operations, 13 Kidneys in Largest Donor Chain

“It’s a large gift to give somebody, something so selfless,” Williams says, her hand clutching Otten’s as the two meet a week after surgery. “God bless you.”

The chain reaction — multiplied by three altruistic donors, people offering a kidney to anyone — turned into a 13-way transplant, during six marathon days of surgery at Georgetown and nearby Washington Hospital Center. It’s believed to be the largest exchange of its kind in a movement that could reduce the nation’s long and growing wait for a donated kidney.

According to the article, that kidney waiting list currently has over 88,000 people and about a third of those are Black Americans. Minorities are much less likely than White Americans to receive a kidney transplant from a living donor. This kidney donor swap could be the answer for many more people in the future. Cheers to those who give the gift of health and life; this is truly a season of giving.

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. – Buddha

I Wish You a Very Happy and Healthy Holiday.

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