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Paying it Forward with Kidneys

12 Jun

We found this inspiring story at Beliefnet.  Over the past year, seven remarkably generous employees – all women - from Loyola University Medical Center donated a kidney as part of the Center’s Pay-It-Forward Kidney Transplant Program.  It works like this: a living donor steps forward and offers to donate a kidney to a stranger, and by doing so, creates a chain. The donor’s kidney is then given to a compatible transplant candidate who has an incompatible donor, who in turn agrees to give a kidney to a third person with an incompatible donor. The chain can progress infinitely.

Two of the seven woman donated kidneys to people they were acquainted with, and the other five women donated kidneys to complete strangers. Their donations sparked a chain that led to 28 transplants in all. They all had the pleasure of meeting their recipients.

Jodi Tamen donated her kidney last April to a stranger, G. Murray Thomas of California. Thomas is a poet, and his new book, My Kidney Just Arrived, draws on his experience.
    
Barbara Thomas donated her kidney last October to a tenant living in a building she owned. Jane Thomas gave hers to a stranger, Aaron Green, last August. Dorothy Jambrosek saw her kidney rushed to another Chicago-area hospital to help someone she’d never met last March.  Cynthia Lamb donated her kidney to a man she had never met, and Dr. Susan Hou, who donated her kidney to one of her patients.
 
You can read more and see a related video here.

Question: Anybody have any thoughts about why they’re all women? 

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award