Kidney donation program creates chain of living donors - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Kidney donation program creates chain of living donors

Posted: Updated:
  • HealthMore>>

  • People seek out health info when famous person dies

    People seek out health info when famous person dies

    WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The deaths of well-known people offer an opportunity to educate the general public about disease detection and prevention, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed 1,400 American men and women after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011 and learned that more than one-third of them sought information about his cause of death or information about cancer in general soon after his death was reported. About 7 percent of th...More >>
    WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The deaths of well-known people offer an opportunity to educate the general public about disease detection and prevention, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed 1,400 American men and women after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011 and learned that more than one-third of them sought information about his cause of death or information about cancer in general soon after his death was reported. About 7 percent of th...More >>
  • Spouse's sunny outlook may be good for your health

    Spouse's sunny outlook may be good for your health

    Marriage vows often include the promise to stick together for better or for worse, and research now suggests that when it comes to your health, having an optimistic spouse is better.More >>
    Marriage vows often include the promise to stick together for better or for worse, and research now suggests that when it comes to your health, having an optimistic spouse is better.More >>
  • Mental illness not a driving force behind crime

    Mental illness not a driving force behind crime

    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 10 percent of crimes committed by mentally ill people are directly linked to the symptoms of their disorders, a new study shows. "When we hear about crimes committed by people with mental illness, they tend to be big headline-making crimes, so they get stuck in people's heads," said study author Jillian Peterson, a psychology professor at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. "The vast majority of people with mental illness a...More >>
    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 10 percent of crimes committed by mentally ill people are directly linked to the symptoms of their disorders, a new study shows. "When we hear about crimes committed by people with mental illness, they tend to be big headline-making crimes, so they get stuck in people's heads," said study author Jillian Peterson, a psychology professor at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. "The vast majority of people with mental illness a...More >>
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

If you've ever had a loved one in need of an organ donation, you know finding a donor can be difficult. And, in some cases, a donor isn't found in time. But a new national program is changing that scenario.

Travis Beasley and his wife love traveling, but three years ago they had to slow down.

"You start dragging, thinking 'What is wrong?' It just takes a lot out of you," Beasley said.

Diabetes left him in kidney failure, and in 2011 he went on dialysis.

"When I first started dialysis I thought I was dying," Beasley said. "I had a tough time with it."

His family and friends underwent testing to see if they could donate a kidney, but no one was a match.

Nearly three years passed, and then the couple heard of kidney paired donation.

Dr. Rachel Forbes, in the Division of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, says kidneys are exchanged between pairs through a national registry. That way, several compatible living donors can undergo the life-saving transplant.

"By using this program, they think that 3,000 more kidneys will be transplanted every year. If you think there are 14,000 transplanted now, that's a significant increase," Forbes said.

So, three months after the couple signed up, Beasley had a donor, and on Dec. 11, he became Vanderbilt's first-ever kidney recipient under this new program.

"I owe them a lot of gratitude," Beasley said.

Donors and recipients are matched through a computer program, so Beasley doesn't know who saved his life.

But he does know that he's just a piece of a very unique chain.

The first donor was in Colorado, who gave the gift of life to a stranger in Minnesota, who then donated to Beasley here in Nashville.

Now, Beasley's wife will continue the chain and donate to a stranger in need.

"Someone asked me, 'What if one of your kids needs a kidney?' We'll cross that bridge, but I'm donating because someone saved my husband's life, and I'm willing to save someone else's life," said wife Collette Beasley.

Forbes, who performed Travis Beasley's surgery, will now perform Collette Beasley's surgery, and her kidney will be sent on to a stranger in need.

Since this program started in 2007, the longest chain has been 60 people. That's 30 donors and 30 recipients.

To learn more about the program, visit http://www.paireddonation.org/.

Copyright 2014 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow