US man receives kidney from pastor

A resident of Virginia in the US says he owes his life to his pastor, Father Jonathan Goertz of St Timothy Parish in Tappahannock, Virginia, reports CNS.

Bruce McComb, 60, was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. He had been on dialysis for three and a half years and had retired at 54 because of kidney disease. He had previously received a kidney from his wife, Mimi, in 2002, which was deemed to be a match, but his body rejected it after he developed sepsis after what a called 'a botched hernia surgery.'

Meanwhile, Father Goertz, 31, had explored the possibility of donating a kidney to someone who needed one and was the right match. 'I had already looked into being a donor before this,' he told The Catholic Virginian, newspaper of the Richmond Diocese.

After contacting the National Living Kidney Register, he was told he would have to undergo some testing. 'They wanted a doctor to do a few basic tests to see if I could be an eligible donor to anybody,' Father Goertz said, adding that the likelihood of finding someone who would be compatible with his kidney was good. In March, he went for tests at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.

'They told me, Once we put you into the system, there are 100,000 Americans who are on the waiting list and you are going to match with somebody",' the priest said.

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