The stories we all hear about when it comes to kidney transplants are typically about the kidney recipient. Though it is amazing the kidney recipient received the life giving kidney and survived the successful transplant surgery, little is often told about the unselfish and amazing living kidney donors that provided the life giving kidney; these living angels are the true “heroes” of every successful living kidney transplant.
Living hero kidney donors live a normal life with only one kidney since we really only need one kidney to be 100% healthy. It has been documented that living kidney donors live as long, if not longer, than a person with two kidneys who had not donated.
I have personally spoke with many hero kidney donors and realized they all had something in common: each is elated and proud to have saved a life (including the lives of those they did not know before the transplant) and are euphoric knowing that the people they have saved are not only thriving, but paying the selfless act forward. The gift of giving life to others had an amazing effect on the kidney donors themselves knowing all their kidney recipients and their families are now blessed all from one Hero’s selfless act to kindly help another good human being.