Friends, co-workers celebrate life, organ donation

The Marion Star

MARION - “Shocked. Floored. Totally amazed.”

These are the emotions that Kathy Scott, organ donor recipient, recalls feeling when a co-worker and friend, Shelly Crall, offered to donate a kidney to her, who was one doctor’s visit away from dialysis.

Scott knew her condition, polycystic kidney disease, which is an inherited disorder where the kidneys develops cysts that will eventually cause them to shut down. She and four of her five siblings have this diagnosis, so Scott knew the day would come and she would need a transplant. She thought she had a plan for that.

“My husband was a match, so my plan was always to have him donate when the time came. Unfortunately, when he was tested for the procedure, he was not a candidate due to high blood pressure. It was disappointing to say the least,” Scott said.

Different plan

Her son was her backup plan, but unfortunately, when he was tested, the family found that he too had polycystic kidney disease which was a fear they had.

So, although Scott had a well thought out plan, it did not pan out the way she had hoped. She was frustrated, worried and felt defeated. As she expressed these emotions to her co-worker, Crall, she said in jest, “You wouldn’t want to donate a kidney, would you?” Continue reading
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