Hard Work & A Result: My Wife's Transplant & Her Donor

She's a Star.
She continues to work hard, daily improving after her renal transplant (4 October)...the new kidney is taking quite well.
She remains pretty tired at times during the day though her basic energy increases daily. This past week the transplant unit chief told her she now appears as "a person who never had kidney disease".  (I tell you this so as to encourage you, and to lobby your kids and younger friends and relatives to consider organ donation seriously; Talmud says that saving one life is akin to saving the "world-entire" (and there are equivalent encouragements in Islam and Christianity, and likely in other traditions).
A terrific aspect of this is that her donor is a longstanding family friend and contemporary of my younger sister, from our first home, Elkins Park, just north of Philadelphia. She had seen our appeal for donors on Fb and inquired. She and her family have lived in Salt Lake for many years where she and her husband have a business consulting firm. She flew in several times to Georgetown University Hospital for testing and the transplantation. She's a Gem who we've known for over 50 years. She has fully recovered from her (minimally invasive laproscopic) donation surgery.


From last year:

I do this w some reluctance bc I like to draw the line between the public and the personal. Our world's too often a television interview program where people are judged churlish if they as yet are wont to draw distinctions between public and private life. And yet for love and necessity this is a moment when I cross the line.

About twenty years back I had a renal transplant, an operation I knew I’d need for a good while before that and my terrific sister donated a kidney to me. She and I are well. Now, my wife of nearly 40 years needs a renal transplant as well. She, too, is otherwise in very good health.

Now…as she has Type O Blood, her doctors have recommended that we put out the word as widely as we might for a Type O donor because when you’re a Type O, you may only get a transplant-kidney from another Type O...and it’s ironic bc while Type Os can donate universally, Type Os may only receive organs from other Type Os.

She is not ill yet but we know organ donation works best when the recipient is as yet well and before dialysis is needed and transplants work better w a live kidney donor. So her doctors have asked us to overcome what reluctance we have about blurring our public and private lives, announce her need of a Type O donor wherever we can, and I can do that here, in this email, on my radio program, in other venues.

Now…this is important: the good news for the donor is that these operations have gone on for 70 years now and are very safe…and all the donor’s expenses are paid for by the recipient’s medical insurance.

If you or someone you know is in good health and might consider this, no matter where you/they may live, let me know, write me at this email address or at jonathanwolfman01@gmail.com. And I trust we’ll hear from serious-minded people only.



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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 17, 2018 at 7:42am

Good Wednesday to all.

Comment by koshersalaami on October 17, 2018 at 8:01am

Congratulations. You can take out a kidney laparoscopically? How?

Early last year, my 27 year old nephew died. He lived near Dayton, OH, and got caught up in the heroin epidemic. He’d been clean for a year when his heart abruptly gave out and no one in the house heard him fall. (His mother, my wife’s sister, died of cancer this past March.) Unbeknownst to anyone, he’d filled out his drivers’ license as an organ donor. When he was found, he was essentially brain dead but he was not yet bodily dead. That meant they could keep his body alive long enough to harvest organs. He donated to three people. That’s a lot of good. 

Comment by Dicky Neely on October 17, 2018 at 8:36am

Good news! Best wishes for her full recovery.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 17, 2018 at 9:10am


I don't know how they remove a kidney laproscopically, yet they do, w one to three small incisions (depending on the kidney's exact position in the donor's body).


Comment by Ron Powell on October 17, 2018 at 12:44pm


Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 17, 2018 at 1:24pm

Thank you, Ron. :)

Comment by alsoknownas on October 17, 2018 at 3:30pm

Glad to know the progress. Best regards.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 19, 2018 at 10:01am


Comment by J.P. Hart on October 20, 2018 at 1:35pm

~super when our synchronous cyber realm mends and cures~
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