Kidney Today Blog Archive
Topic: Kidney transplant

Jeremy and Drew Smith: Brothers, best friends and the perfect match

Author: Elissa Blattman  |  Posted:

Jeremy and Drew Smith are brothers and best friends who do everything together, including kidney transplant surgery. Jeremy donated his #kidney to Drew last month, after a successful KidneyNation fundraising campaign that raised money for AKF's programs as a tribute to Drew before the surgery. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Coronavirus, Covid-19, Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney transplant, Kidney failure

Don’t let life’s curveballs strike you out

Author: Candie Gagne  |  Posted:

As a former chief hospital corpsman in the Navy, I didn’t expect to be on the receiving end of care. I was healthy my entire life—never in a million years did I think my kidneys would fail me, leaving my body desperately needing a transplant from a stranger. But these earth-shattering surprises did occur, not only to me, but to my husband as well. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney transplant

The gift of the storm: Surviving COVID-19 as kidney transplant recipient

Author: Patrick Gee  |  Posted:

AKF Ambassador Patrick Gee had a kidney transplant in 2017. "Three years and a global pandemic later, my life was on the line because of the immunosuppressive medicines I take to stop my body from rejecting my transplanted kidney." Read how he survived COVID-19 on our blog READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Coronavirus, Covid-19, Living with kidney disease, Kidney transplant, Kidney failure

State legislators who have donated kidneys stand up to protect living donors

Author: Melanie Kahn  |  Posted:

In our work to increase kidney transplants through living organ donation, we’ve met inspirational allies in state legislatures around the country. In 2019, we worked to introduce legislation to protect living donors in 14 states—and nine of those passed the legislation! READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, News, Living with kidney disease, Kidney transplant

First living HIV-positive living kidney donor paves the way for more people to access transplants

Author: Nina Martinez  |  Posted:

Nina Martinez made history in March as the first person with HIV to become a living kidney donor. She told AKF that the decision to donate her kidney was “a long time coming.” While she has been called a hero in stories about the transplant, she feels “it’s not heroic to help someone who needs help”—it is just the right thing to do. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Kidney transplant, Kidney failure
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