Bountiful woman finally gets kidney transplant

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  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Dec. 14, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    What an upllifting, beautiful story with an incredible, selfless ending. I was going to donate to a very dear friend, who was in serious need of an organ. I knew it would be painful, etc. but I believed if I could be part of saving his life(I had never met this man but knew of his plight)I wanted to do that...I studied up on the process, etc. but unfortunately he died to soon. I felt bad that I wasn't able to save his life. But now he is in a very peaceful place and healthy once again.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Dec. 14, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    Some people's willingness to sacrifice just blows me away.
    I would do this for my child or wife or brother/sister, but for
    a casual friend? Wow. I've so much to learn.

  • Mrs TAP Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 14, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    If this is the Heather Hansen from American Family Insurance in Bountiful, it doesn't surprise me. She is a very sweet, caring person. My hat is off to whatever Heather it was. How many others would do something like that? And if I were to offer & learn I wasn't a match, I'd probably be relieved & excuse myself because I had tried. Wish I knew what sandwich shop it was :)

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 14, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    wow what great story. i worked in a dialysis center for a few years and have never heard of the daisy system. I think it is a wonderful idea and will give a lot of people the chance to donate for a loved one even when they are not a match and in the process help a lot of other people.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 14, 2011 8:41 a.m.

    1 million transplants have taken place.

    But over 100,000 organ transplants are needed.

    Right now.

    This is AFTER deceased and even living donors.

    Heather's story can be done again. This dosen't even include children, 6 or 9 years old who are on dialysis.

    Donate an organ, possibly save a life.

    And, as always...

    consult your doctor.

  • Rob Logan, UT
    Dec. 14, 2011 7:17 a.m.

    Way to go Heather getting this chain of kidney transplants going. Kalynn, you look great. So glad you were able to get a kidney for Christmas. I am amazed how much people will really do for others. Great to hear good stories.
    To AF ret I hope you get your call very soon to get your kidney. My prayers are with you.

  • Peter R Provo, UT
    Dec. 14, 2011 6:46 a.m.

    Wow, free sandwiches for life for that customer!

    Oh, and as far as what the news outlets would have us believe, we read this in a news outlet, so perhaps they're not all that bad, eh?

  • Gosh-DUH Burlington, CT
    Dec. 14, 2011 5:52 a.m.

    Thank you for this story. The hero is Heather Hansen, who started the chain of kidney donations in making this transplant possible. May everyone recover well from the surgeries.

  • AF ret Brigham City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    This is a wonderful story, and it really shows that there are wonderful people in this world (despite what the news outlets would have us believe!) As a person who also needs a kidney transplant, and as one who has gotten "the call" from the U of U Transplant Center (twice), I know some of the feelings she had, knowing that there are such good people "out there" who would willingly donate one of their own organs to another person. Way to go both of you girls!

    Now, if I could just get "the call" one more time... (only this time FOR REAL!)[the last two times I was only a "standby" recipient... Someone else got the kidney in each case.]