One donor's story: Louise Dolan

  • South Orange, NJ
  • Organ
  • Living Donor: 1996

What’s important? That scientific policy and medical research is driven by facts and not  politics.

My sister Joan needed a kidney and everyone in my family tested for it. I was an exact match so I donated. I had asthma as a child and Joan would often take care of me and keep me company when I was sick. So I figured it was my turn to take care of her. My husband Michael and I came out from New Jersey for the transplant. My sisters, Mary Beth and Anne and brother Jeff took turns coming down from Maine to care for our two sons while we were away. The transplant was a success and Joan felt better almost immediately. Until I was well enough to fly back to NJ, I stayed with my sister in law, Beth. She and my brother Tom took care of me and Joan. Everyone in the family helped out because that’s what our family does. I’m grateful for the the wonderful care I received and Joan continues to receive from the doctors, nurses and staff at Hennepin County.