Monday, July 13, 2015

'Hard to get the right words to thank somebody'

The Kingston Whig Standard | Anisa Rawhani

Frank Wallwork received kidney from deceased donor

A deceased stranger saved Frank Wallwork from the same disease that took his mother.

Wallwork, and many of his family members, have polycystic kidney disease, an inherited disorder that takes over the kidneys, often leading to a decline in the organs' function.

He knew years ahead the disease was coming, and in 2010 his kidneys failed.

He soon went on dialysis. For four years, three times a week, he'd be hooked up to a machine that would take over the kidneys' job of filtering, four-hour sessions at a time.

Three years into the process, he and his wife decided Wallwork should go on the waiting list for a transplant.

Wallwork was one of seven people to receive a kidney transplant performed at Kingston General Hospital in the 2014-15 year.

In the past year, deceased and living organ and tissue donors saved a record number of lives in Ontario. Among them were 12 donors from Kingston.

Since 2011, 5% more Kingston residents have become registered donors, which puts the city 16% higher than the Ontario average. Continue reading

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