The Best Christmas Present: A Kidney from a Friend at Upstate University Hospital
December 23rd, 2015 by Nancy Ryan
Two media outlets report that 35-year-old Kari Storrings, a mother of three, gave a kidney to one of her best friends, Anthony Torrillo (age 32), at Upstate University Hospital on December 18.
- Kari lives in Clay, NY, and Anthony resides in Baldwinsville, NY.
- Anthony first experienced problems with his kidneys when he was a year old. He was diagnosed with cancer in both kidneys.
- When Anthony was three, doctors performed surgery, leaving him with half a kidney.
- Since then, he lived with one quarter of a kidney and was on kidney dialysis.
- When Anthony needed a kidney transplant and his friend stepped forward, he was fortunate: The average waiting time for a kidney is around five years.
cnycentral.com/WSTM-TV, Syracuse, NY
As this report, with video, states on December 18, Anthony “was in and out of the hospital for much of his childhood.” It goes on to explain why Kari and Anthony have come forward to tell others about their donation and transplant.
“The reason they’re sharing their story is to raise awareness of being a ‘living’ donor. Upstate says this is its tenth living kidney transplant this year. This makes up about 15 percent of all kidney transplants at the Syracuse hospital.”
Syracuse Media Group syracuse.com
In this December 23 report, it is confirmed the surgery was a resounding success. The two left hospital on December 22. Anthony is quoted as saying it’s definitely his best Christmas ever. This kind act, a “blessing,” means he is forever indebted to Kari.
We also learn: “Currently, there are 162 people on the wait list for a kidney at University Hospital in Syracuse.”
More than 100,000 people need kidney transplants in the U.S. Here’s data showing the number of people waiting for organ transplants in the U.S, New York State and in the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network area.