Do­nate a kid­ney, save two lives

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “My kid­ney for a stranger,” June 13

Thank you for the op-ed ar­ti­cle about Dr. Terry Wood’s decision to be a kid­ney donor.

I was part of the first kid­ney chain on the west coast, which went through UCLA more than eight years ago. I was not a match for my wife, but with the kid­ney chain it made me re­al­ize that if I was will­ing to give a to my loved one, why wouldn’t I be will­ing to give it to some­one else’s loved one? In re­turn, my wife would get a kid­ney from some­one else’s loved one that would save her life.

It’s a win-win sit­u­a­tion. Ac­tu­ally, be­ing a donor on the kid­ney chain, you save two lives — your loved one and some­one else’s.

Al­tru­is­tic donors who start these kid­ney chains are very spe­cial. Be­cause of them, many, many lives are saved.

I know my wife and the man who re­ceived my kid­ney now have won­der­ful lives they could not have imag­ined years ago while be­ing on dial­y­sis. Steve Shaevel Wood­land Hills

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