Alex's Story

Alex Granger never had any concerns about becoming a living kidney donor.

Alex Granger never had any concerns about becoming a living kidney donor.

Name: Alex Granger
City/Town: Glendale, Ohio
Current Age: 58
Occupation: District Sales Manager
Date of Donation: September 19, 2017
Hospital and Location: The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio


Did you know your recipient?
Yes, the recipient was my wife’s brother.

What made you decide to donate?
There was a need and I was in the position to help.

Was it a tough decision?
No, not at all. I felt an inner peace about the entire process and had full faith in the medical professionals helping me prepare.

What were your biggest concerns about donating?
I truly had none. I worked at staying positive thru the entire process knowing that if I were a match everything would work out.

How did your family and friends react when you told them you were going to donate?
With very few exceptions, the support was overwhelmingly positive.

How did your surgery go?
As planned. The procedure lasted about four hours, with no complications.

What was your recovery like while you were in the hospital?
Pain management in the hospital was excellent. I was up and walking the day after surgery. The only discomfort was the abdominal gas pain, which dissipated quickly.

What was your recovery like at home?
I was off pain medication after the second day; I walked numerous times every day.  After two weeks, I was back to walking five miles per day.

What was the most difficult part of recovery?

When did you return to work?
Four weeks after surgery.

How long was the process from making the first contact about donating until your surgery?
Four months.

Is there anything about being a kidney donor that’s surprised you?
No. I was well informed about the process and felt comfortable after meeting with all the medical professionals. 

Would you do it again?

Janice CragoAge 55–70