The gift of life: old friends are newly connected through fortuitous organ donation

Methow Valley News | Laurel Walsh
Photo courtesy of Kathy Carney
Two families are joined together for life after a successful kidney transplant in December. From left, kidney donor Kelley Reid, Julie Reid, Kathy Carney and kidney recipient Randy Thordarson.

Randy Thordarson is starting off the new year with a new kidney and a new lease on life.

The Winthrop resident is recovering at his brother’s home in Lynnwood, Washington, after undergoing kidney transplant surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center on Dec. 9, 2015.

Though his activities are still restricted and he is not yet supposed to drive, “My stamina and everything should bounce back,” Thordarson said. “I’ll live a normal life.”

Thordarson will have a second operation later this month to remove the peritoneal dialysis access in his abdomen, he said. As soon as he gets the OK from his medical team he can return home to the Methow Valley, 10 to 12 weeks post transplant, he has been told.

“For the most part I feel normal now,” Thordarson said last week. “It’s amazing, really.”

A suitable match

Thordarson had been on the transplant list for a year and a half, after going on dialysis in 2014 due to end-stage renal failure. “It’s a blessing it was only 18 months,” he said. “Some people wait three or four years for a kidney; other people don’t qualify at all.” Continue reading
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