(Original story at The Daily Tribune here.)
Alright, this story is not about someone losing his/her job or reputation because of something s/he should not have done on his/her social media profile, but who can resist a heartwarming story such as this one?
It is a shame that the article did not elaborate more about the Facebook connection, given the title of the story.
Royal Oak man donates kidney to Warren man he met through Facebook
Published: Thursday, March 31, 2011
By Catherine Kavanaugh
Daily Tribune Staff Writer
ROYAL OAK — With the prospect of a three- to five-year wait for a kidney, 35-year-old Jeff Kurze and his wife, Roxy, of Warren turned to Facebook.Much to their surprise, Ricky Cisco, 25, of Royal Oak replied to Roxy’s posting about finding a donor for her husband.
After subsequent testing he was declared a match.
The transplant took place on Wednesday at Beaumont Hospital. Both patients are hospitalized and in good condition.
“When I heard about Ricky’s willingness to donate a kidney to me I didn’t believe it. It was hard to breathe. I was in total disbelief that this was happening,” said Jeff, a computer salesman.
“He didn’t know me. Once I met him and saw what a terrific guy he is, it’s even better. Over the past few months we’ve become good friends. I hang out with him once a week.”
Cisco, who manages a makeup studio, said, “I always wanted to be a hero but I’m not very strong. I can’t lift anything. I can’t save people in traditional ways, but I have an extra kidney.”
Alan Koffron, M.D., said he sees a great need for organ donations as the director of multi-organ transplantation and interim chair of Beaumont’s department of surgery.
“The need for organ donations is great, but thanks to greater public awareness, more people like Ricky are considering the donation of a kidney to family, friends and even strangers,” Dr. Koffron said. “And there’s no better time to consider a donation than during April — national organ donor awareness month.”
Beaumont offers both traditional (deceased-donor) and live-donor kidney transplant surgeries. Live-donor procedures offer significantly better outcomes and increased life expectancies.
Because minimally invasive, “keyhole”, laparoscopic techniques are used to retrieve the kidney, donors can usually leave the hospital within 48 hours after surgery. Recipients are usually hospitalized for five to seven days.
The most common causes of kidney failure in the United States are diabetes and hypertension. They account for 70 percent of all cases; however Kurze’s Beaumont medical team believes he has a condition called chronic interstitial nephritis. This condition caused his kidney failure, which resulted in his need for dialysis treatments three days a week.
One in nine Americans has kidney disease. In 2010, 16,899 kidney transplants were performed in the United States, 521 of those in Michigan. Nationwide about 93,000 Americans are waiting for a kidney transplant. That total includes 2,494 Michigan residents.
Beaumont’s kidney transplant program has an average wait time of 33.9 months from listing to transplant compared to the Michigan average of 48.5 months.
Beaumont Royal Oak’s Surgery department is among the highest volume in the nation, performing 47,326 surgeries in 2010, including 48 kidney transplants.
Also in 2010, the Clinical Sciences Institute of OptumHealth named Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, as a center for excellence for adult kidney transplant. This past November, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also recognized Beaumont’s kidney transplant program with a bronze medal based on one-year post-transplant survival rates, deceased donor transplant rates and waitlist mortality rates.