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Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday feel good: Physician donates kidney to save her patient's son


BECKER's HOSPITAL REVIEW | Erin Marshall

A dose of feel-good to kick off the weekend.

Jonathan Chan needed a last chance.

He'd lived with chronic kidney disease for more than three decades, and his two previous kidney transplants had failed. Although he'd been on the kidney transplant list for seven years, his unique blood type made his odds of finding a match less than 1 percent.

His mother's physician, Ester Kwok, MD — a Stanford (Calif.) Medicine affiliated physician through University HealthCare Alliance at Kwok Pediatrics and Internal Medicine — didn't believe in organ donation due to her cultural and religious convictions. But after learning Mr. Chan and one of her staff members needed new kidneys, she reconsidered and joined the National Kidney Registry.

Although her staff member was received a kidney match, Dr. Kwok found out she was not a match for Mr. Chan. Still, she joined the national registry for chain donation. "I had faith that if it was meant for me to donate, the impossible would become possible," she said. Continue reading
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