* From time to time, we invite special guests to share their donation or transplantation stories. This blog is written by Jordan Law, living kidney donor.
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January 13, 2016. This date will forever be a part of my history, my story and one of the biggest blessings in my life. On this day, I became the proud owner of one kidney and the recipient became the proud owner of a gently used kidney.
The recipient, his wife, my husband and I arrived at the hospital at the same time. We had a chance to sit, chat and support each other as we waited to be checked in. We reported to pre-op, got suited up and prayed together. As I was wheeled out of pre-op, the nurse stopped by the recipient’s room so that I could wave. I gave a big thumbs up and off we went.
The nurse and I laughed all the way into the operating room. She answered all of my questions and made me feel at ease. I walked to the operating table, laid down and began to prepare for the surgery. As I was talking to the nurses, I began to cry. I hadn’t cried up to this point. The magnitude of what was about to happen hit me like a ton of bricks. I wasn’t changing my mind and I wasn’t fearful. I simply became overwhelmed at the way God had brought all of this together. Thank goodness for my anesthesiologist who immediately put nerve medication into my IV. The wonderful nurses held my hand and calmed me down as I drifted off to sleep.
From what I have been told, both surgeries went off without a hitch. The surgeons, the nurses and hospital staff kept our families in the loop as the donation took place. I remember bits and pieces from recovery but what stands out the most is the overwhelming feeling of love I immediately felt in recovery.
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