Rolo, fantastic to hear you are recovering from the infections and your spirit is improved. Keep up the terrific recovery progress. As we talked on the phone, the steroids can effect your emotions and spirit.
Thanks for the acknowledgment, feel free to continue to ask and I will help as best I can. It sounds like you have a fine transplant team taking care of you.
For CN members not familiar with transplants, a few examples of the extent of cases happening.
Here in the NY metro area, there are many remarkable transplant patients. For example a patient who had 2 heart-kidney transplants (a very complex surgery done 2x).
Extraordinary donors as well. A case where a fireman needed a kidney transplant and a man who wanted to be the donor. Unfortunately., the rigorous organ match requirements did not pass. The same situation occurred with a Mom and daughter the next county over. Through a cross match program the fireman received the daughter's kidney and the Mom received the original donor's kidney. All are doing fine.
This program is fairly new for the last few years.
Hospital transplant centers have to be certified by the government since organ transplants are covered by Medicare. This includes all medical costs to the donor.
The donor also has to undergo mental and physical medical testing. The same is true for the patient.
Hope some of this information helps members understand the processes Rolo and his donor had to undergo.