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Kidney transplant recipient meets donor

By Justin Fujioka
Published On: Nov 12 2013 04:55:00 PM HST

Kidney transplant recipient Anne Hussey meets donor Mike Bailey for the first time since the operation in Hawaii.

HONOLULU -

Anne Hussey has spent a full week living with somebody else's kidney.

On Tuesday, she met the man who's kidney is now a part of her at The Queen's Medical Center.

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Mike Bailey said meeting his recipient made all the pain of surgery worthwhile.

Last Monday's transplant ended four long years of suffering.

"Immediately after the surgery, I felt definitely something different," said Hussey. "I said, 'This kidney is really healthy.' I mean I felt something different. I did."

She said Bailey gave her so much more than just a kidney.

"He restored hope back to me, because I didn't have hope," said Hussey. "My life consisted of going to dialysis three times a week, and that was it."

Bailey said he went through years of reflection before coming to the conclusion that this was something he had to do.

Bailey said, "Think about it, if we took all the people on that donor list and we strapped them in cars on the viaduct and lit those cars on fire, every one of you guys would be pulling over, jumping into the fire to pull them out of that car. But you won't do this? Why not?"

The Queen's Medical Center has the only organ transplant center in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.

More than 400 people in the islands need a kidney transplant.

"(The) success rate of kidney transplantation, especially after the living donation, is close to 99 to a hundred percent," said transplant surgeon Makoto Ogihara.

Hussey thanked Bailey with a painting she created and thanked her family for their support.

"It's been trying on them and now they know that, you know, mommy's here for a long time," she said.

If you want to donate your kidney to a stranger, contact the Queen's Transplant Center.

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