Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Foundation
Newark, NJ—While many brothers-in-law have been known to share a golf game or the love of a good cigar, two brothers-in-law from New Jersey have shared something much more profound, a kidney. Bill Linder, of Dumont, donated a kidney to brother-in-law, Bob Kochur, of River Vale, on November 10 at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC), kicking off a holiday season that gave new meaning to the word “gift.”
“When I tell some people about the donation, some say, ‘I won’t even give my brother-in-law the time of day,’” says Mr. Linder with a laugh. “But Bob is my family and I thought it was the right thing to do.”
The donation was performed as part of The Living Donor Institute at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, part of the Barnabas Health Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division. Stuart Geffner, MD, Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgery for Barnabas Health, performed Mr. Linder’s kidney donation surgery, and Harry Sun, MD, Transplant Surgeon, performed the recipient surgery for Mr. Kochur.