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Dr. Susan Hou summed it up perfectly when she said  “I can’t bring about world peace, I can’t eliminate world hunger, but I can get one person off dialysis”. Back in 2004 Dr. Susan Hou donated one of her kidneys to someone in India. She may not have made a difference in this world, but she certainly made a difference in that persons world.

I too made the world of difference to someone’s life by giving one of my kidneys to a stranger. Best thing I have ever done in my life and probably the best thing I will ever do. Please read the links down the left of this page under “become a donor” and read about the evaluation process I went through. The “About” link top of page also gives some information regarding why I donated.

Any questions please contact me (link top right of page)

Di Franks

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5 Responses to “Give the Gift of Life – Give a Kidney to a Stranger”

  • Philip:

    Dear Diane,
    I just wanted to thank you again for this web site which i have found so useful.
    I have just been listening to your interview with Michael Beurk on Radio four and must admit it nearly moved me to tears on a few occasions.
    I am having my CT scan tomorrow and am praying for continued success.
    Many thanks
    Philip ;-)

  • Diane:

    Hi Philip,
    Thank you for the kind words ….

    GOOD LUCK!! let me know how the scan goes…
    Di
    x

  • Fiona pretty:

    Hi Diane, like you I donated a kidney altruistically in the last half of 2012 I am now trying to help raise awareness for organ donation by organising a charity ball to be held on the 20 th spt 2013 in Edinburgh . I like you get saddened by the horrible things we constantly hear on the news and realised I Did not have the power to change these such events but realised I could change one person’s life for the better!
    My children thought I was mad and also where worried about the risk to my life especially as they have already lost one parent I understood their worry but tole them that unless they could come up with a good reason why I shouldn’t or the doctors showed some reason why I shouldn’t I was determined to go through with it!
    They now are very proud of what I have done like you I think it will probably always be the best thing I have ever done for anyone !
    If you can give me advice on publicising my event to promote sales please let me know .
    Kind regards
    Fiona

  • Diane:

    Hi Fiona,
    Well done for donating. I hope you don’t mind, but I took the liberty of removing the date of your donation and replacing it with “last half of 2012″. Being an anonymous donation, it is absolutely paramount we protect the identity of the recipient. Because there are so few donations, even giving the month of donation (let alone the actual date) can easily identify the recipient to anyone who really wants to find out. Some recipients don’t even want family to know let alone say if the press should get hold of it. Our first duty is really to protecting the recipient especially when we are advertising something to do with our donation. Hope that is okay with you? perhaps any publicity you do about your donation, you just mention the latter half of the year? thank you so much. your hospital should have told you on several occasions not to give out that information – tap on the knuckles to them, hahah.

    Not sure the best way to advertise your event except to advertise in the local papers, or shop windows or even get the hospital to put up posters. Get a facebook page about it ??? Not too sure really, :) ….. Let me know how it all goes.
    All the best
    Di
    x

  • Jennifer J:

    Dear Fiona
    You say
    My children thought I was mad and also where worried about the risk to my life especially as they have already lost one parent I understood their worry but tole them that unless they could come up with a good reason why I shouldn’t or the doctors showed some reason why I shouldn’t I was determined to go through with it!

    So the fact your children were scared they might lose their only parent, was not a good enough reasonfor you to put them first above a stranger. What if you had died? donors have died in the past. what if you got a blood clot or something serious happened. How would have have explained that to your children? Or did you just think nothing would go wrong and you were prepared to take that risk over your children’s genuine fear of losing their only parent and put your desires before their fears.

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