UCLA’s Dr. Jeffrey Veale Highlights Kidney Chains
Feb. 28, 2014 -When Harry Damon’s son died at age 24 in a snowmobiling accident, the 55-year-old firefighter was devastated, but through his grief, decided he wanted to honor his son in a special and meaningful way, by becoming an altruistic living kidney donor.
Harry’s decision started what’s known as a kidney chain, a series of kidney donations and transplants involving an altruistic donor and mismatched donor/recipient pairs. Harry donated his kidney to a stranger and someone else on behalf of his recipient, donated a kidney to another stranger, and so on. In total, ten donors and ten recipients were involved in what is being called the “Nick Damon Kidney Chain,” named after Harry’s son.
All ten donors and ten recipients in the “Nick Damon Kidney Chain,” and Dr. Jeffrey Veale, director of UCLA’s kidney exchange program, were featured on an episode of “The Doctors.” Watch the videos below to learn more about this chain and kidney exchange programs. To learn about becoming a living kidney donor, go to www.LivingDonationCalifornia.org.
Part 1: Harry Damon talks about his son, Nick’s, tragic snowmobiling accident and how, through his grief, he decided to honor his son by becoming an altruistic living kidney donor.
Part 2: Harry Damon talks about how his decision to donate a kidney to a stranger launched a kidney chain, and hear from the other donors and their recipients in what’s being called the “Nick Damon Kidney Chain”, named after Harry’s son.
Part 3: Meet all the donors and recipients in the “Nick Damon Kidney Chain.”
Part 4: Dr. Jeffrey Veale, director of UCLA’s kidney exchange program, talks about how kidney chains work and why they’re so important.
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