NSU professors bonded for life after one donates kidney to the other

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KSLA) – Two years in the past, NSU professor Michael Yankowski was informed that his kidneys have been failing and that he would wish a transplant.

“As soon as it sort of sunk in that it was actual, I began to fret what ought to I do,” he stated. “I put the phrase out to my household, and none of them have been viable; so I simply sat on it and stated let’s see what God does for us.”

Yankowski went to his division chairman and good friend Matt DeFord and informed him the scenario. The 2 have been buddies since DeFord joined the school at NSU in 2005.

“I felt prefer it was one thing he wanted to know if I ever needed to take time without work or have points,” Yankowski stated. “I simply wished to let him know. He requested me what my blood kind was. I informed him and I simply didn’t suppose any extra of that. I believed he would ask somebody at his church. However when he got here again the subsequent day and stated he would do it, I used to be simply blown away.”

“As quickly as he stated he was searching for a kidney, I began to surprise if that was one thing I may do,” DeFord recalled. “I requested him what his blood kind was. I referred to as my physician. There actually was no second thought; I simply went for it. I prayed and I stated ‘Lord for those who don’t need me to do that, don’t make me a match,’ easy as that. After I came upon I used to be a match, I believed I used to be meant to do that.”

The surgical procedures have been performed July 16 on the John C. McDonald Transplant Heart at Willis-Knighton North in Shreveport. The day of the process, Yankowski had 13% kidney operate. Now, a month after the profitable surgical procedure, he has 53% operate.

“He’s my hero,” Yankowski stated. “My household loves him. He’s such an exquisite individual. How can I say thanks for my life? You gave me such a gorgeous current and I’m so grateful for that.”

“I’m simply so grateful I had the chance to do that, Michael,” DeFord stated. “It has taught me unforgettable classes that I might have by no means discovered some other method. It’s taught me lots about empathy, who I’m, and a love for fellow man. I can say there have been a number of moments the place I spotted the unbelievable worth of doing this. Considered one of them was after I got here house and I used to be scuffling with this new regular, there was an enormous, lovely bouquet of flowers that got here within the mail. It was from Michael’s two daughters. I broke down. I spotted it was all value it to assist somebody’s dad, somebody’s grandpa. He’s bought a bit a part of me in him perpetually.”

With the process a month behind them, DeFord and Yankowski have been recovering at house in numerous methods. DeFord is on medical go away till Monday, Aug. 30. Yankowski shall be on medical go away your entire semester and is checking in together with his medical doctors twice per week.

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