The supply of viable kidney donations continues to lag the steadily rising demand (4%-6% per year), and medical researchers are hard at work trying to change this dynamic. Among many different studies of kidney disease and transplantation, researchers around the country are looking at ways to decrease rejection rates and increase the length of time a kidney can be in limbo before transplantation. At NYPH/Columbia, one recently announced study at their Department of Transplantation is investigating a drug called 15NP to see if it helps kidney recipients with high rejection risk when their donor is older, or if the time between donation and implantation is greater than 24 hours. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: July 2012
Guided by his faith, David Koster donated a kidney 10 years ago. After speaking with my wife, Laura, he wrote the following passage specifically for my site. His story is engaging, speaks from the heart and has a happy ending.
TO SAVE A LIFE!
There are events that take place in a persons life that are so significant and so meaningful that they have an effect on you for as long as you may live. Those of you who are married and have children can surely relate to this. By the grace of HaShem I had an experience that was so beautiful, so magnificent, so wonderful that my life will never be the same. I gave one of my kidneys to a total stranger. Continue reading