User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


66° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Inside KELOLAND: Organ Donation

June 10, 2007, 10:30 AM by Karen Sherman

Organ donation offers hope and life to people who often have long-term health problems. 

On Monday June 4, University of South Dakota president Jim Abbott donated a kidney to a co-worker, but there are still more than 96,000 Americans waiting to receive lifesaving organ transplants. And a new name is added to the list of Americans waiting for a transplant every 13 minutes. 

Abbott had to pass a series of tests before he was approved to be a living donor and give a kidney to USD's Chief Diversity Officer, Bruce King. 

King has suffered from end-stage kidney failure for the past two years. Until the transplant, he had been using dialysis four hours a day, three times a week to cleanse and detoxify his blood. But because Abbott agreed to give an organ to King, and the two men turned out to be a match, King now has a new kidney that is said to be functioning properly.

The process started in early May, when sources say Abbott first discussed the idea with his wife. The family felt a personal connection to King's story because Abbott's father-in-law and brother-in-law each had kidney cancer. The couple agreed to move forward and Abbott sent in a blood test for consideration. After two full days of tests, including blood work and physical and psychological exams, Abbott learned he was a match. 

The operation took place on Monday last week. King will stay in a post-operation house with his family for a few weeks and Abbott is expected to return to Vermillion, although he'll be taking the rest of June off to recover. 

Donors generally experience some pain and discomfort after the operation as their bodies adjust to life with just one kidney. 

For more information on organ donation, click here.

Previous Story

Next Story




Sponsored

 


You may also like

Heavy Rains Flood Sioux Falls

8/28/2015 5:47 AM

While intersections are open on Friday morning, many are still cleaning up after Thursday's torrential downpour in Sioux Falls.

Full Story | Watch
Many Sioux Falls Streets Flooded Following Heavy Rain

8/27/2015 9:09 PM

Heavy rainfall Thursday evening caused flash flooding across Sioux Falls.

Full Story
City Officials React To 'Monster' Storm

8/28/2015 11:01 AM

Public Works Director Mark Cotter said the city's infrastructure performed well on Thursday against the rain.

Full Story | Watch
One Person Dead In Sioux Falls Motorcycle Accident

8/23/2015 5:42 PM

One person has been confirmed dead after an accident between a car and a motorcycle in Sioux Falls Sunday evening.

Full Story
Police Identify Man Killed In 41st Street Crash

8/24/2015 10:53 AM

The driver of the motorcycle, 56-year-old Dale Wayne Schoffelman, died at the scene.

Full Story


Events