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Vancouver Island University

900 Fifth Street

Nanaimo, British Columbia,V9R 5S5

Canada

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Vancouver Island University is committed to First Nations Learners. We have a province-wide reputation for responding to the educational and community development needs of Aboriginal communities and their learners. At Vancouver Island University: We have A...more

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VIU professor is a living kidney donor - News

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Maureen O'Connor, a professor of nursing at Vancouver Island University, donated a kidney to a man in need in the summer of 2015. She is pictured in her office at VIU. - Spencer Anderson/Daily News
Maureen O'Connor, a professor of nursing at Vancouver Island University, donated a kidney to a man in need in the summer of 2015. She is pictured in her office at VIU. O'Connor, a professor of nursing at Vancouver Island University, had surgery on July 13 to allow Murray Polisky, a 41-year-old man with chronic kidney disease, to receive the life-changing organ transplant and avoid dialysis. O'Connor is one of the few dozen living donors in the province who go through the process to donate a kidney each year. The kidneys are vital organs that filter waste from the blood and turning that waste into urine. They also help control blood pressure and play a role in red blood cell production. People are naturally born with two kidneys, but healthy people can function with just one. O'Connor, a former associate dean of VIU's Health and Human Services faculty and a married mother of three, began exploring the option last March, after reading a story of a man in the U.S. need of a transplant. She knew she couldn't help the person in the States, but the thought germinated. "I had this idea in my head that this could be a significant way to alleviate suffering," she said. The procedure involves a six to eight-week recovery for a donor, but O'Connor said there have been major advances the surgery. Her good health made her a strong candidate. "I really can't come up with a good answer," she replied when asked why she decided to pursue the organ donation. "The only answer I can come up with is why not." O'Connor initially investigated becoming an anonymous donor and began reaching out to friends for their thoughts. O'Connor said she "probably talked to (Polisky) like a patient" when they first talked over the phone. Post-surgery, "He feels like a brother to me," she added. Both donor and recipient have recovered well. O'Connor had to check in to Nanaimo Regional Hospital for minor complications following the surgery, where she said she received the "best care ever" from hospital staff, some of whom are her former students. She said other potential donors need to take important factors into account before taking the final step. "I would say it needs to work with your time of life," she said. "Financially, you need to be prepared," O'Connor added. Although the cost of the surgery is covered under MSP and some financial assistance is available, there are additional costs where health benefits can help. The other piece is the social aspect. O'Connor said it is important that donors have people they can rely on for help for everyday things after the surgery, as well as someone to talk to. "You want to have a good support system," she said. O'Connor shuns the 'hero' title. "I am not a hero," she said.


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Maureen O'Connor is one of the few dozen living donors in the province


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