Trans­plant suc­cess for thrilled cou­ple

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BYDANIELSUGARMAN

Hospi­tal THE STORY of a mother-of-two who do­nated one of her kid­neys to help her hus­band re­ceive a new kid­ney of his own fea­tured in this week’s episode of the BBC’s fac­tual pro­gramme, Hospi­tal.

WhenEl­liot­tGoss­was­di­ag­nosed­with acute kid­ney fail­ure, his wife Jen­nifer wanted to give him one of her own kid­neys, but she was not a donor match.

MrsGoss­de­cid­ed­to­takeparti­nanew kid­ney-pool­ing ini­tia­tive, where she would do­nate one of her kid­neys to an anony­mous ben­e­fi­ciary, and her hus­band would re­ceive an or­gan from an anony­mous donor who was a match.

Mrs Goss said: “It was such a small thing for me to do, but it gave some­one the gift of life — and ended up giv­ing my hus­band the gift of life.”

The cou­ple, who are mem­bers of Edg­ware Re­form Syn­a­gogue in north west Lon­don, ad­ver­tised in the JC with the Mat­natChaimJewishkid­ney­trans­plant char­ity last year.

In the same week, a story in the pa­per fea­tured two mem­bers of an­other syn­a­gogue where one needed a kid­ney and the other do­nated his.

Mrs Goss said: “A fam­ily friend read the ar­ti­cle, saw our ad­vert and con­tacted us and said he would like to be our donor. He got tested and was a match.”

The op­er­a­tion was due to go ahead when Mr and Mrs Goss were told they had been paired with oth­ers in the pool­ing ini­tia­tive. They had to de­cide which or­gan to ac­cept and chose the pair­ing scheme.

Mrs Goss ex­plained: “We didn’t want the chain to fall apart — there were eight peo­ple in­volved, four cou­ples. It went in a big cir­cle. All eight of us were giv­ing or re­ceiv­ing kid­neys. We didn’t want to break that chain.”

View­ers on Wed­nes­day saw the cou­ple un­der­go­ing surgery and later at­tend­ing a check-up, with Mr Goss hav­ing­suc­cess­fully­ac­cept­ed­his­newor­gan.

Mrs Goss said she hoped peo­ple would find out more about the Mat­nat Chaim char­ity and con­sider do­nat­ing a kid­ney them­selves.

PHOTO: BBC

Jen­nifer and El­liott Goss in

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