This has been a busy time for my family as my daughter, Ruthie, has just graduated from high school. Because we live in a close-knit, fairly small town, we were all zipping around in the days afterward attending graduation parties. We knew many of the 400 or so young people who graduated. In most cases they are blessed with good health and the prospect of a fun summer followed by a college education. But the health picture isn’t sunny for all of them.
I heard this story at one of the parties this weekend: A leader of the senior class, who had leukemia as a child and received many heavy-duty medicines to cure it, is now facing a kidney transplant. His kidney function numbers have taken a nose dive. Usually the wait for a transplant would be a couple of years or more and dialysis for a teenager. In the meantime, this would totally disrupt his life. But there is another way. We’ve talked about it very recently in our videos about kidney transplant: receive a donated kidney from someone who is living.
That is exactly what is happening. The young man will receive a kidney from his father. When I spoke to the dad, a friend of mine, he didn’t bat an eyelash. He knew it was a graduation gift he had to give his son.
The young man plans to begin college in the fall, with the hope of the operation behind him and better health ahead. And the dad will recover with him during the summer. Soon their bond of flesh and blood will be even closer. And the dreams a graduating senior has can once again take flight.
Wishing you the best of health!