My Name is Michael Chiodo I am 28 years old and I am a living kidney donor. I was fortunate enough to donate my kidney to my older brother, David. David has always been independent, ambitious, and simply full of life. He has also always been extremely active playing every sport possible.
David was born with a rare disease called Alport Syndrome, which eventually causes end stage kidney failure. Without functioning kidneys, he had to go to dialysis four days a week, for four hours each visit in order to cleanse his blood.
Once we knew my brother needed a kidney transplant, I began the process to become an eligible donor. The entire process took about 2-3 months and there were several tests done to ensure the wellbeing of us both. I remember the doctor calling me and setting the date for the transplant. It was one of the best days of my life.
My surgery lasted approximately four hours for me. I was released home after three days in the hospital. I had very little pain and was back in action within 6 weeks.
Since the surgery my brother’s overall health and quality of life has dramatically improved. I have seen no change in my personal health, and I still surf, run marathons, play sports and live an even more active lifestyle than I did prior to the surgery.
The kidney transplant is the most positive experience I have been a part of. Seeing someone’s life change so dramatically because of a living donation has changed my perception on life and living donation forever.
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