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Friday, March 11, 2016


City Pages | Mike Mullen
Than Tibbetts poses prior to the surgery that saved his uncle. Note: The plastic kidney in this image was not removed from Tibet's.

Than Tibbetts was already thinking seriously about giving a kidney to his uncle, a longtime diabetic, whose condition had turned for the worse in 2014.

That uncle resides way up north in Cook, Minnesota, which was also Tibbetts' hometown. The distance meant the two don't see each other often, and it wasn't until Christmas 2014 that Tibbetts reconnected with his ailing relative.

It was bad. His uncle's energy was flagging. He could barely stay awake during the holiday gathering.

"It really hit home for me," Tibbetts says now, "that the time spent waiting for an organ donor is just absolutely miserable."

Tibbetts was a donor match with his uncle, and in February 2015, they traveled to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for the life-saving procedure. Both surgeries went smoothly, and Tibbetts reports that his uncle is doing "wonderfully" today, compared to his condition in late 2014. Continue reading
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