Really pleased to let you know that hard work, luck, and support (from fine people here and elsewhere) have brought my wife a donor; she should have a proper kidney by mid-October.
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 email@example.com. And I trust we’ll hear from serious-minded people only.