Dialysis Nurse donates kidney to patient.

  1. nurse donates kidney to dialysis patient 58-year-old recipient called gift an 'indescribable blessing'

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    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]updated: 9:29 a.m. et march 18, 2005

    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]st. louis - kay plozizka found it hard to see her patients suffering when she was blessed with such good health.

    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]so the dialysis center nurse offered one of her kidneys to 58-year-old joe cline, who accepted. the transplant surgery was done march 8.

    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]url: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7229094/
  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   canoehead
    What a great sacrifice.

    Good for her but I wonder if there should be some institutional statement against donating organs to patients, just to take the pressure off nurses who really don't want to be put in the position of being asked.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I, too, feel conflicted on this.
  5. by   talaxandra
    There is no way I'd be up for that - I don't even know if I'd give a kidney to loved family members. If I had kids (and a partner, just in case something went wrong) that'd be a no-brainer, though.
  6. by   jnette

    was she open to donating to ANY of her patients or did she go through all the testing for just this ONE ?

    I, too, find this to be somewhat of a "conflict of interest", yet by no means wish to belittle or devalue her tremendous sacrifice.

    I just wonder how her other patients may feel about this.. if they wonder "why him, and not me?".. ...
  7. by   webblarsk
    Nice gesture, but I too am conflicted on this.
  8. by   URO-RN
    I wouldn't do it even for one of my brothers. I know he wouldn't take care of it. For my other brother and sister I probably would because they don't drink, smoke etc.
    I would definitely do it for my daughter,dh,and any future grandchildren I may have.
  9. by   jnette
    Quote from Jo Anne
    I would definitely do it for my daughter,dh,and any future grandchildren I may have.
    Absolutely, so would I. And my sis, of course.

    Family first. May sound selfish, but family first regardless.
  10. by   z's playa
    We were just drilled that giving and accepting gifts was crossing the line of pt nurse relationship.

    This brings that concept to a whole new level!