'Without hesitation,' priest donates kidney to stranger

The Rev. David Grundman talks about his experiences as a kidney donor during an interview Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in St. Cloud. Grundman is a priest at St. Michael's Church in St. Cloud. He was the 99th live kidney donor at the University of Minnesota.(Photo: Dave Schwarz, dschwarz@stcloud
ST CLOUD TIMES | Stephanie Dickrell

Would you donate a kidney to someone you didn't know? Even if it means major surgery, with a risk of complications? Medical costs? Time off work?

For a select few, that answer is a wholehearted "yes." That includes the Rev. David Grundman, a priest at St. Michael's Church in St. Cloud.

In June, he became the 99th donor to do so at the University of Minnesota. After he wasn't a match for a friend in need of a kidney, he elected to have a nondirected donation, which means it won't go to someone he knows.

He is an example of what the Living Kidney Donor Program is about, said Dr. Ty Dunn, a transplant surgeon with University of Minnesota Health and director for the Living Donor Program. Previously, living kidney donation was only available for people who knew the recipient.

In 1998, a woman approached the program hoping to donate to someone — anyone — in need. Continue reading
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