More than 95-thousand people in the U-S are waiting for a kidney transplant.
in a few days, A Minot pastor will be donating a kidney to his life-long friend. In this week's Eye on Health, Carla Burbidge tells us their story.
This is a photo of Pastor Ken Nelson and his friend since childhood, Keith. The two grew up in St. Paul, attending the same church, and even the same college. Pastor Nelson has been a pastor at First Lutheran Church in Minot 9 years. When he heard his friend was dealing with kidney failure, Pastor Nelson had his blood and tissues tested.
Pastor Nelson, "the chances that he and I are a match, I would say is a miracle"
Pastor Nelson has a three- hour lapriscopic surgery Sept. 17th at the University of Minnesota. Shortly after, friend Keith will get a new lease of life. Pastor Nelson says his chances of a fully normal life with one kidney are quite high.
Pastor Nelson " my kidney actually will grow to compensate for the extra work"
Keith should notice the benefits of a functioning kidney as soon as he awakes from surgery, and his chances of a normal life are good.
Pastor Nelson "its a great gift to be able to give somebody , I look at it as all positive, something I can do, that not everybody could"
Pastor Nelson says there are many advantages of the live donor program. Doctors can do the surgery when the patient is ready. No waiting for a cadaver. Less waiting means a better quality of life for Keith. Pastor Nelson realizes there are always risks with medical procedures, his wife and daughters at first were apprehensive.
Pastor Nelson "for us its a chance to talk about being a servant, and the opportunities"
Pastor Nelson and his friend Keith will certainly be forever bonded.
For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge