The New York Times - From Brother to Brother, a Kidney, and a Life
After years of obstacles, the generosity of many and the refusal of Mount Sinai’s Leona Kim-Schluger to give up makes it possible for a man to donate a kidney to his brother and save his 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. And all the other barriers receded in importance as doctors swabbed bare skin with antiseptic and prepared to cut. 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, as diverse as the city itself. Dr. Juan Pablo Rocca, a native of the Patagonia region of Argentina, maneuvered tiny tools that cut and cauterized at the same time, separating 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. Read More