It is always good to know that there are good people and hope in the world. That is exactly what can be said for the medical miracle that brought six total strangers together to help find kidney transplant matches for others. WWLTV reported on Sept. 4, 2013, that a medical computer program brought the strangers together in an effort to save their own lives.
Back on June 26, 2013, transplant surgeons at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans had six operating rooms prepared and waiting to be put to use. All of those rooms had a living donor that was willing to give a kidney to help save the life of someone they loved. Sadly, they didn't have a match and donating would not have helped.
Those three patients were put into the computer system and cross matches were found with three other patients that needed kidney transplants. When all was said and done, six strangers had three kidney donation matches due to a computer system linking them all together.
"If one of them backs out at the last minute, this whole thing could fall apart," said Dr. Anil Paramesh, a Tulane transplant surgeon.
Dr. John Hunt is a trauma surgeon at LSUHC and he was not a match for his wife Gaynell, but he matched a mother of three named Gina MacLaren.
James MacLaren, Gina's husband, did not match his wife, but match engineer Johnie Hughes.
Johnie Hughes' daughter Brinklyn Hughes did not match her father but matched Gaynell Hunt.
With that, things came full circle and everyone realized what had to be done. The families had to meet one another and throw patient confidentiality right out of the window. They knew they could save lives and receive a gift in the process so they did.
"Live their life to the fullest. That's all I can tell them," said Dr. Paramesh.
These strangers did something that some people would never even think of doing, and it saved lives. New kidneys for the three patients can end up lasting 14 years and allowing them to get away from dialysis. Now, with some psychological counseling, the donors are ready to give their gifts of life, and the patients are ready to accept.