John and Donna LaBelle are from Fulton, and we sat down in September at an event called “The Art of the Scar” that was hosted by the Missouri Kidney Program.
When John was in his early twenties in the 1980s, he unexpectedly experienced kidney failure. Not long after, in 1981, John underwent a kidney transplant where they also removed his spleen.
They spoke about how even 37 years after his successful kidney transplant, there are still health concerns they face every day.
Laurie Hines and Ted Glasgow have been together for many years. Ted is an accomplished bodybuilder - a six-time Mr. Missouri – but a few years ago he experienced kidney failure.
Ted was on dialysis for several years, but now Laurie is a living kidney donor and the director of the Missouri Kidney Program, and Ted is two and a half years post-transplant.
They reflect on their experiences and give some advice for others facing dialysis and organ transplants.
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