How long have you been providing care for live donors?I have specialized in living donation for 12 years. I find it so rewarding, and I'm in constant awe of these special people who step forward to give such a special gift to a loved one or friend.
always surgical intensive care, and I worked in a transplant intensive care unit for a few years.
Transplant patients proved to be a very special group of patients, and I felt like I had an opportunity to witness the miracle of medicine every day. I was later offered a position as a transplant coordinator, which enabled me to see another side of the transplant world. I knew then I had found home.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?There are a lot of rewarding aspects to this position. Two things come to mind. The first is to hear from a donor or receive a picture of a donor and their recipient – after the surgery – after recovery. It’s great to see the joy in their eyes and see how well they both look. The thought that comes up next is how rewarding it is to see a donor the morning after surgery – and hear them say, “I did it..! I can’t believe I did it!”
It’s exciting because it is a life renewed for the recipient, and the donor made that happen. To feel that I helped facilitate that and had a part of that, in some small way, makes this work very special.