"Just think people have no problem having only one kidney, so we have to ask, why did Hashem (G-d) give us two kidneys? Perhaps it is so you would have an extra one to donate and save a life!
- Dr. Stuart Greenstein, Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
"We are born with approximately 4-5 times the kidney function that we need, to be healthy and stay off of dialyisis- to not have kidney failure. So by donating one of your kidneys, you are still left with with 2-3 times the amount of kidney function that you need to be healthy and lead a normal life"
- Dr. Joseph Del Pizzo. Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, Associate Professor of Urology and Transplantation Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College - New York, NY
"Kidney donation is a relatively safe operation, and many donors will never feel the loss of their second kidney. So giving up a kidney causes no disadvantage to your long-term health. In fact, studies have shown, that kidney donors actually live longer than the general population - because donors come from a pool of people in good health"
- Dr. Michael Edye, former Adjunct Associate Professor of surgery, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
"Very Safe Operation"
- Dr. Jay Levine, General Surgeon, St., Mary's Health Care, West Michigan, MI
"Those who donate a kidney have an "extremely low" risk of developing kidney failure in their remaining organ, U.S. researchers. "It's certainly safer than many other things we choose to do in our lives," -- Dr. Dorry Segev, transplant surgeon at John Hopkins For the article - http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90782/8533487.html
"Once people have recuperated from the surgery -- they should be 100% completely normal - no special diet, no limitation on their exercises , no special medications." -- Dr. Lloyd Ratner, Director, Renal and Pancreatic Transplant Program, surgeon -- NY Presbytarian -- Columbia Medical Center
"There's a lot of misconceptions about kidney donation and a lot of fear. But if people take the time to get the facts, they find out the risks are very minimal. People are born with two kidneys. You only lneed one."
- Michelle Winsor, Kidney Transplant Coordinator, Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, CA
QUOTES FROM PEOPLE WHO ALREADY DONATED A KIDNEY:
"People always ask me why I donated my kidney - and I always respond with, why wouldn't I donate a kidney? I had 41 surgeries in my life and the kidney donation was the easiest surgery of them all" - John Feal, Long Island, NY - 9/11 responder, who donated a kidney to a stranger. (I know this wonderful man. He donated a kidney, despite his foot was crushed while helping to remove debris from the twin towers wreckage. And yet, after that he went on and donated a kidney, and is doing great! He has an organization to help other 9/11 First Responders: http://www.fealgoodfoundation.com.)
"I have gained so much more then I gave through donating a kidney" -- Marisa Hester, Alabama
"There is no greater feeling than knowing you brought life to another human being. It has truly been an amazing experience that ranks right up there with the birth of my 9 children. If I could, I would do it again tomorrow." - Rabbi Ephraim Simon, Chabad of Teaneck, NJ
"Donating a kidney to a woman I had never met was the greatest experience of my life. To give for the pure sake of giving brings the deepest joy imaginable. I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity that changed my life in every way" - Lori Palatnik, Silver Springs, Maryland,
I think this is the right thing to do. I don't think anyone should fear it . They wouldn't allow you to do this if you weren't healthy enough' - Larry Seidman, New Jersey
It was a bittersweet moment, one I would not trade for anything in the world -- because this year for Chanukah, I gave the gift of life." -- Rabbi Ari Sytner, New Jersey
"Giving a kidney was one of the highlights of my life. I learned so much about myself in such a short time. Rarely do we see the fruit of our labor so quickly, yet I helped save another persons life and improved the quality of their life immediately - Rabbi Steve Moskowitz, Long Island, NY
"The reason why G-d gave me two kidneys, was so that I could donate one" -- Mordechai Hursarsky Brooklyn, NY
"As a result of my kidney donation, I feel richer than Donald Trump and Bill Gates combined!" - David Koster, Brooklyn, NY
I'm in absolute awe that I was able to participate with Hashem's help in prolonging and saving a life" - Marci Rapp, Israel
"My swimming has improved since donating and my fitness level has not deteriorated."
- Sopha Goode, Washington
I felt great and recall thinking I would do it all over again tomorrow. This journey was probably the most meaningful experience in my life. -- Angela Stimpson
It's the best thing that has ever happened to me. More people need to know that it will change their lives for the better." -- Winnie Liu
If only people knew how amazing it will make you feel. I mean, i know I helped save a life, but it has changed me. Just an unexplainable experience. Has brought me closer to G-d. Just simply amazing.
- Aimee Wheeler Bultemeier
"No need to worry when donating a kidney. It's the biggest blessing that could be."
- Mordichai Shuchat
"I would love to do more to help with kidney donation! I actually had a level of depression set in after the donation because I wish I could do it again! It was the BEST day of my life! It is hard to explain to someone who hasn't been through the experience just how awesome the feeling is. My brother and I are celebrating 4 years next week of sharing organs. Not a better feeling in the world..... "
-- Melissa Mandracchia, Burlington, MA.
"The best decision I have ever made with no regrets.There is nothing more valuable than the gift of life."
- Laura Friedberg, Stanford, CT
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