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Kauai man donates the first kidney to stranger at Queen’s Transplant Center

  • COURTESY THE QUEEN'S HEALTH SYSTEMS
    Anne Hussey of Kaneohe received a kidney from Mike Bailey, a 60-year-old Lihue dentist. The procedure was the first altruistic kidney transplant performed at the hospital.
  • COURTESY THE QUEEN'S HEALTH SYSTEMS
    Transplant recipient Anne Hussey met her kidney donor, Mike Bailey, for the first time today at Queen's Hospital.
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Kaneohe resident Anne Hussey received last week the gift she had been waiting for since her kidneys began to fail nearly four years ago — a healthy organ from a Kauai man she met for the first time Tuesday.

The 55-year-old mother was on dialysis for four years when Mike Bailey, a 60-year-old Lihue dentist, decided to donate one of his healthy organs to a complete stranger, an act he says came after much reflection and years of putting it off.

Queen’s Transplant Center performed on Nov. 4 its first so-called altruistic kidney transplant — a form of donation whereby a healthy living person is able to donate a kidney to someone they do not know. 

“This type of donation is very rare and a truly selfless act,” Queen’s said in a press release.

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