30 years after transplant surgery, Surrey kidney recipient hopes to meet and thank family of donor

VANCOUVER SUN | Brian Morton

Sarah Vant Geloof with son Jeremy Vant Geloof and husband Rick Geloof at their Surrey home. It's been 30 years since Sarah received a kidney from an anonymous donor, whose family she now wants to meet and thank. JASON PAYNE / PNG
Sarah Vant Geloof desperately wants to meet the surviving family members of a person whose life-saving kidney was donated to her 30 years ago today.

The 48-year-old Surrey resident, who has been married for 27 years and has one son, was attached to a dialysis machine on Dec. 7, 1986 when she got the word that a donor had been found.

The next day, Vant Geloof — who suffered kidney failure at age 14 after a bout of strep throat — underwent transplant surgery. She thinks the kidney she received may have been from a young man who died in a motorcycle accident.

“I received the kidney early in the morning Dec. 8, (but) they didn’t give out the information on donors when you have a cadaver transplant,” said Vant Geloof. “So, I’ve always thought that it would be nice to meet the people who had to make that decision.

“Not very many transplant patients have done as well as I have, which is why this is a fairly big deal to be 30 years post transplant. I am hoping if nothing else this family may read (this) article and see how well their loved one has made an incredible difference to my life.” Continue reading
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