The New York Times - "From Brother to Brother, a Kidney, and a Life"
When restaurant customers learned that the waiter they called Angel was in the hospital with kidney failure, they stuffed bills into a collection jar to help support his family. His brother offered something more precious: a healthy kidney to restore his life. Tuesday morning, he and his brother were undergoing the surgery in adjacent operating rooms at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Leona Kim-Schluger, a surgeon and the associate director of Mount Sinai’s Recanati/Miller Transplant Institute, had been trying to help Angel and refused to give up. The surgery was done by teams with years of experience. Dr. Juan Pablo Rocca separated the healthy kidney from connective tissue in several hours of painstaking work. He unfurled a special zip-lock bag inside the brother’s abdomen, first enveloping the kidney, and only then cutting it free from the blood supply and the bladder, and pulling the bagged organ through a small incision into the waiting hands of Dr. Sander S. Florman, the director of the transplant institute. Learn more