MANHASSET, N.Y., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a case that highlights both the "gift of life" and the "gift of love," surgeons at North Shore University Hospital announced today they successfully performed the hospital's first kidney transplant surgery on a Queens woman whose fiancee donated his kidney to his future bride.
North Shore University Hospital's transplant program is the first in Nassau and Queens counties, a population area of 3.5 million that had been without access to a nearby transplant center despite the fact that about 70 percent of kidney transplants performed in the New York metropolitan area involved residents from Nassau and Queens, according to the latest statistics.
The hospital's first transplant recipient, Jarena Bates, 23, of St. Albans, was diagnosed with kidney disease eight years ago. In May 2007, soon after she was engaged to be married, she ended up in the Emergency Department at LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY, where she was told she was going into kidney failure.
Understandably, Ms. Bates' emotional roller coaster -- from planning her July 2008 wedding to fighting for her life -- was difficult to take. A search began to find a matching donor for the African-American woman -- no easy task considering that out of the 5,043 people in the New York metropolitan areas waiting for kidneys, 3,582 or 71 percent are people of color. The average wait time for a matching donor is seven years. For people of color, the average wait time is nine years. In short, Ms. Bates needed a miracle.
And then the unexpected happened -- love intervened. Ms. Bates'
fiancee, 31-year old Tyehesian (Tye) Johnson, also of St. Albans, asked to
be tested to see if he was a suitable match for Ms. Bates -- miraculously,
he was. Not only would Ms. Bates end up taking her fiancee's name, but his
kidney -- a true gift of love as well as life. "Most people are nowhere as
lucky as myself," said Ms. Bates. "Never would I hav
|SOURCE North Shore-LIJ Health System|
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