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From left to right: Melissa Moore, Transplant Coordinator, Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute; Richard Reed, kidney recipient; Sarah Swanson, donor; Dr. Vinaya Rao, Medical Director of Transplant Nephrology, Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute
The Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute recently hosted a luncheon to honor living donors who donated a kidney to someone in need.
Sarah Swanson donated a kidney to her father Richard Reed last year. Reed had been seeing a nephrologist for several years due to a disease that caused scarring of the kidney. The health of his kidney progressively got worse and he had to start dialysis. A conversation with his doctor let Reed know it was time to look for a donor.
"You’re my daddy and we’re going to fix this," Swanson said when she learned her father needed a kidney. She turned out to be a near perfect match. In Jan. 2012, father and daughter underwent surgery. He gained a healthy kidney and she helped save her father’s life.
Swanson traveled from Key West and her father drove from his home in Drummonds, Tenn., to attend this special luncheon. Each donor was given a medal to acknowledge their life-saving gift.
There are over 120,000 people across the country on the waiting list for a transplant. Every year, only about 28,000 receive the life-saving organ they need.