I’m reposting this from CBC’s Go Public segment. Go Public is generally a program that attempts to go to bat for a customer who has been wronged by a company. In this case, we have a situation where the mother-in-law of a kidney disease patient donated a kidney as part of the Living Donor Paired Exchange program, but her son-in-law was unable to receive a kidney at the same time due to illness. Even though he has since recovered, he is still waiting for a kidney.
This is a timely story, just appearing today, Thanksgiving Monday, October 12. This month I am once again a potential beneficiary of the Living Donor Paired Exchange program. Sometime within the next couple of weeks I expect to hear whether a match has been found, and if so, then I too could be the recipient of a donated kidney from a living donor.
A national program that matches living kidney donors with recipients hasn’t delivered on a promise after a woman donated a kidney to a stranger so her ailing son-in-law could get a much-needed transplant, the family says.
Estella Jamieson agreed to donate one of her kidneys, only after being assured her son-in-law would soon get a transplant. She says she decided to contact Go Public because he is still waiting.
“I know I helped somebody and I’m glad that family is going good, but I just feel if I would have waited I could have helped my own family more,” a teary Jamieson says.
Jamieson and her son-in-law, Jeff Pike, signed up for the Living Kidney Donor Paired Exchange Program a couple of years ago. It’s run by Canadian Blood Services along with provincial transplant programs.
The program matches people in need of a kidney with a stranger of the same blood type willing to donate. But, in order to get a kidney, the recipient needs a partner willing to donate a kidney to someone else as part of what’s called a donor chain.