One kidney, three bodies
First successful 'recycled' transplant
- Duration 4:31
- Date Apr 29, 2012
First successful 'recycled' transplant
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Isn't this amazing story proof that some things are better the second time around a kidney rejected by one patient.
Transplanted into yet another patient it's the first time in history it's ever been done successfully -- our next guests all took part in the medical miracle we're joined by race.
And his sister any original donor Sarah fearing.
The transplant recipient Erwin Gomez and their surgeon doctor -- Leventhal of Northwestern Memorial Hospital nice to see all of you this morning welcome to FOX & Friends.
-- -- -- -- let me start with you I -- this has been difficult because currently you're still waiting for another kidney your sister was incredibly kind enough to donate her kidney.
But what happened.
Well I have a disease that.
Very commonly repairs and transplanted kidneys so.
When when inserted to recur they needed to remove the kidney right away.
And usually what happens is the have to get rid of the kidney it may -- becomes disease and usually transplanted them into someone else but in the situation -- You did something interesting tell us what you did.
-- -- Asks me if I would be willing to donate it to someone else who's waiting for a kidney.
And sent to me that was a no brainer there's no reason not to donated -- if it's possible.
If that would be a possible.
Now must have been a conflicting moment for you think you can my sister was incredibly kind to donate to -- her kidney.
Do I asked my sisters -- something that you want back Sarah what was what were you thinking is it did you ever question for a second may be asking for it back.
I'm not -- on.
When I donated a kidney and they told me -- eyelid at.
Then one -- -- leg kick over the functional ball.
So I really didn't need the kidney anymore.
So and it made me really happy that I was able to help someone -- even though I could not come in front and.
So what happens next is doctor Joseph Leventhal.
-- aware that this kidney exists and -- it is able now to possibly transplanted into Erwin Gomez was also awaiting a kidney doctor welcome to the show and take us through that process because.
This is a first for this ever happening what concerns did you have.
Well it's America's very technically challenging.
Procedure to take an already transplanted organ out.
And -- -- reconstruct the blood supply and the -- that goes to the Blatter to collect the year and and put it into another individual so it took a lot of planning.
On how we would approach the already transplanted organ.
Remove it safely.
And put it into another recipient in a way that would function not just for a short time but as any other transplant should be expected to.
Function so obviously have some serious concerns about this and error when you say that the doctors didn't sugarcoat this and all you knew the risks involved as you are awaiting this kidney what do they say to you and what -- were going through your head.
As they were about to implant the -- and you.
-- -- -- Love when I was first compact and they've told me that.
-- we have a kidney for you but.
And they were very.
Candid and honest about it.
Than that if -- is.
Won't mean that big -- days it's already in in this nation.
And had been somewhat damaged by the disease process that the patient.
Or when you must be -- I had.
The entire process and Sarah is here on the -- -- was -- if the photos obviously -- -- together is there anything you would like to say to Sierra this morning.
-- -- I -- in my you know if they're no gratitude for recorded generosity.
Considering helping vocalist -- from them.
It is a remarkable story ray what is next for you -- you still await this other kidney.
Well it'll be probably.
-- -- maybe three more years at least before.
I think we'll be ready for another transplant but in the meantime I'll be on dialysis.
And apple keeping whole thing.
Well -- Sarah Irwin and doctor -- we all appreciate you joining us this morning and -- our thoughts are with you this morning as you continue this battle but it is a medical miracle thank you for sharing your story with us this morning.