Thursday, March 12, 2015
I have to say, that every now and then a true Angel appears. That is what Zully Broussard is, an Angel. She decided to give a total stranger one of her Kidney’s and this sparked a chain reaction for six other patients to receive Kidney’s. It took place at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, with the support staff of 40 to do these surgeries on 12 people. The patients who received these donor Kidneys were on the deceased donor lists. There were three parents and child pairs, one sibling pair and one brother and sister-in-law pair. Thanks to a computer programmer named David Jacobs who was on the deceased donor list years ago who received a Kidney from a living donor. It is much easier and faster for doctors and their staff to coordinate multiple Kidney transplants. David Jacobs created a Match Grid that genetically matches donor pairs or chains quickly. David Jacobs said “When we did a five-way swap a few years ago, which was one of the largest, it took about three to four months. We did this in about three weeks”. He is another Angel, think of all the lives is program saved.
When I was sixteen years old I got my driver’s license. Back then on your license you received a card specify that you wanted to be an organ donor. You would attach to your license. Back then I was thinking if something would happen to me, at least I would help save someone’s life. Little did I know 20 years later I would be diagnosed with Kidney failure and put on the deceased donors list? I was on Dialysis for 5 years. Once I was on Dialysis I felt better but being on it for so long it took a toll on my body. The deceased donor list is a long list and the waiting is agonizing. It doesn’t really matter where you are on the list if a match comes up. The match goes to the sickest person. In my case, I was the sickest person so I received the Kidney from the deceased donors list. It will be 8 years October 28, 2015, one day after my birthday. Now I celebrate the day I was born and the day I was reborn.
It doesn’t have to be this way if more people like Zully Broussard of Fair Oaks California would give this generous gift of life. There are currently 123,175 people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the U.S. of these, 101,170 await kidney transplants according to the Organ Donation and Transplantation Statistic as of September 8, 2014. I’m a firm believer we are all connected, no matter what race we are. God Bless you Zully Broussard.