November 08, 2004
BehindTheMedspeak: Robert Hickey, world's first internet-kidney recipient, writes bookofjoe
Last week I was delighted to read a comment here from Robert Hickey (below on the left) himself.
Who's Robert Hickey?
Only the man who singlehandedly, by his determination not to quietly die while waiting for a donated kidney, brought down the established order of organ transplantation.
Here's his comment, which appeared here last Friday, November 5 (exactly 16 days after he received a kidney as a result of his online ad):
Thank God for matchingdonors.com.
I have a new lease on life!
The transplant surgeon in Denver is not pleased to have me in his lifespace, neither is the post-transplant nephrologist, Alan Cooper.
Along with UNOS, medical establishment physicians like Kam the surgeon and Cooper the nephrologist are causing unnecessary pain and suffering.
Thanks to Rob Smitty and matchingdonors.com, I am now able to fight for others who find themselves in a similar position to me on 10/18/04 when the surgeon originally cancelled my transplant.
Public pressure made the hospital change that and allowed the transplant to proceed on 10/20/04.
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