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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Organ donor recipient reflects on experience

Journal photo by Jenni Vincent  Duffields resident Charles Cranford, who received a kidney transplant about five years ago, spent part of Tuesday morning with Linda Roberts and Martha Mumaw at Jefferson Medical Center, where the trio spoke with visitors about the importance of being an organ donor. This is being done in observance of National Donate Life Month.

THE JOURNAL NEWS | Jenni Vincent

A little more than five years ago, he was one of the more than 121,000 people - on average - awaiting an organ transplant in the United States.

Looking back, Cranford - who'd suffered for more than 20 years from chronic kidney disease -wasn't looking forward to having to go on dialysis, or worse.

That's because he also knew that approximately 22 people die nationally each day because they didn't get a needed organ transplant in time.

Fortunately, Cranford was one of the lucky ones.

"I did receive a kidney-five years, three months and two days ago - but who's keeping track of time now that life is so good," he said with a smile.

Cranford received his kidney from a living donor as a result of being placed on a paired kidney exchange along with his wife, Amy. Continue reading 
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