Living Donor & Kidney Transplant Recipient Form Lasting Bond Through the Transplant Institute of Florida at Largo Medical Center

(LARGO, FL – MAY 2017) – What started as a friendship between Tish Bruckner and Kristine Swift a decade ago is now the deepest, lifelong bond few others may ever experience. It’s the bond between a living donor and a kidney recipient. Bruckner gave the gift of life to friend Swift, who was declining in health from Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), in August of 2016 at the Transplant Institute of Florida(TIF) at Largo Medical Center(LMC).

Roughly 20,000 people each year receive kidney transplants in the United States. “The living donor program is an integral part of that process,” says Hussein-Osman Mohamed, MD, PhD, FACS, Chief of the TIF. “Most people are not aware the risks are minimal for living kidney donors, and that major adverse events after donation are rare.” Continue reading

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