Maine hospice worker makes surprise offer to help woman in need of kidney


BANGOR, Maine — Four women who have donated kidneys, a woman in need of a kidney and an organ transplant surgeon shared their stories Friday in the hope of taking the mystery and fear out of kidney donations.

The idea was to get people to consider donating a kidney of their own, if their health permits, or to become a registered organ donor. Among those who turned out for the talk was a Maine hospice worker who stepped forward and offered to help one of the speakers who was in need of a kidney.

Kristen Bagley, a Veazie school board member who works at Beacon Hospice in Bangor, gave her contact information to Michelle Holmes Abell of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and said she would undergo testing to see if they are a match.

Bagley, who arrived a little late to Friday’s “Save a Life Lunch and Learn” at the Sea Dog Brewing Co. and stood at the back of the room during the panel discussion, later said she often finds herself helping people finish their life journey but would like the chance to help someone continue their journey. Continue reading