I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that the article that you did with Bill Fish and Pat Haddad, “Single kidney donation ends up healing two lives,” was an amazing article.
I have been thankful to Pat ever since she put herself and her kidney forward to help Bill if it was a match, and she was so right it was a match.
My best friend is Bill’s wife, Arlene, since we were 13 years of age, and so Pat’s gift to Bill was a gift to many: his wife Arlene, his two children, his grandchildren, family and countless friends.
Your article is also a wonderful piece for people who know very little about a living organ transplant.
Having witnessed Bill’s transplant and also my sister-in-law’s kidney transplant and going to visit both transplant recipients within 24 hours of the procedure, it was amazing how much better they both looked in that short period of time after having been so ill.
The donors in the same period of time of 24 hours were already up and around.
We were thrilled to meet Pat for the first time the day after surgery, walking the halls of the hospital, and we also found our other sister Janine, who donated her kidney to sister Mary, walking the halls of the hospital within the first 24 hours.
It is so sad that the Canadian Kidney Foundation cannot get all this information out to the public in regards to living organ donors.
People do think about it but we found that it was the fear of the unknown that held people back in a lot of cases.
So for these reasons, and many more, I just wanted to thank you again for putting Bill and Pat’s story in print.