Humor and Photoshop Help One Mid-Southerner Keep Upbeat While Waiting for a Kidney

Posted on: October 25, 2018

Memphian Scott Moore, who plays principal trumpet for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra didn’t play the blues when he found himself on dialysis waiting for a kidney. Rather, he turned to humor to help him pass those long four hours, three days a week periods he spent on dialysis.

“If you can’t laugh, you give up,” said Moore. Moore wasn’t giving up, and he wanted to reassure his friends. 

He combined a new talent he developed during those many hours on dialysis, learning and honing his Photoshop skills, with his well-known sense of humor, and took to social media to help educate friends and family about dialysis. Either Moore or one of the nurses would take a picture of him while he was on dialysis, and then the magic began. He and his dialysis machine popped up in all sorts of interesting places which he shared on Facebook.

He was part of Meghan Markle’s and Prince Harry’s wedding party. He flew a space fighter with Chewbacca in Star Wars. He was in a Star Trek scene with Captain Kirk and the Tribbles….there has to be a kidney in here somewhere. He also found himself hanging out with the gang from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. He even completed a dialysis session hundreds of feet up in the air on a beam of a skyscraper that was under construction.

“Going through dialysis is scary,” said Moore. “Alarms are going off.” 

Moore was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2015. In May 2018, he had to start dialysis. His best friend Dustin Lehmann, a writer and combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, whom he met on the golf course, always told him he would give him a kidney when he needed it. It turned out Dustin was a perfect match, and on Jul 10th, 2018, Moore received the kidney he needed from his best friend at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute.

“The staff was amazing,” said Moore. “They all did an incredible job. They saved my life.”

Moore says his buddy Lehmann is reluctant to be called a hero. “He’s my hero,” says Moore, and that’s really all that matters.

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