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Media Contact: Lance Skelly 22 December 2004
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Kidney Transplant Gives Life to Man Who Gives Hope
"Life is to give." Two young men at Emory University Hospital are embodiments of this message, not only in their daily lives as monastic brothers of the Missionaries of the Poor in Kingston, Jamaica, but in the special gift one has given the other this holiday season.

It's the gift of life, a gift that one brother has given freely to the other. Not blood brothers, but brothers in calling. Brothers whose purpose in life is to give hope and help to those who have nothing.

On Friday, Dec. 17, at Emory University Hospital, Brother Joseph Baal, 26, donated his kidney to Brother Rolando Dioinaflor, a 27-year-old missionary who was suffering from renal failure and in desperate need of a transplant.

Dr. Maureen Kelly and Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN Dean of the Emory School of Nursing, set into motion events that would bring the Brothers to Atlanta. Dr. Salmon collaborated with Vicki Moore, RN, chief nursing officer at Atlanta's St. Joseph's Hospital, to secure the medical care Brother Rolando so desperately needed.

Moore was already familiar with Brother Rolando's need. Father HoLung shared his story with her while recovering from open heart surgery at Saint Joseph's in November, 2003, and she later visited the Brothers in Jamaica. "Marla and I have collaborated over the years on nursing service and education programs, so I went to her for assistance in making this need known to the Emory University Hospital administration and renal transplant team."

"I can't say enough about the generosity of spirit, expertise and support that have come together from Emory, St. Joe's and the entire community," notes Dr. Salmon. "Dr. Chris Larsen and his team; Dr. Mike Johns and Mr. John Fox as Emory health system leaders; and the many, many doctors, nurses, technicians, community members and the kidney donor, Brother Joseph, together made something possible that just doesn't happen in today's health care system. I suspect that I am not alone in the feeling that this wonderful story is what being a health professional is all about - touching the lives of others and giving of one's self in ways that are, at times, truly miraculous."

Five days after the transplant, both Brothers were discharged from Emory and staying with their host family in Atlanta. Brother Rolando's energy is back, his kidney function has returned and he no longer needs dialysis. "The transplant was a success. Brother Rolando's prognosis is excellent and he will soon be able to resume his missionary work in Jamaica," says Dr. Larsen.

Media Contact: Lance Skelly 22 December 2004
  lskelly@emory.edu    
  (404) 686-8538   Print  | Email ]
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Kidney Transplant Gives Life to Man Who Gives Hope
"Life is to give." Two young men at Emory University Hospital are embodiments of this message, not only in their daily lives as monastic brothers of the Missionaries of the Poor in Kingston, Jamaica, but in the special gift one has given the other this holiday season.

It's the gift of life, a gift that one brother has given freely to the other. Not blood brothers, but brothers in calling. Brothers whose purpose in life is to give hope and help to those who have nothing.

On Friday, Dec. 17, at Emory University Hospital, Brother Joseph Baal, 26, donated his kidney to Brother Rolando Dioinaflor, a 27-year-old missionary who was suffering from renal failure and in desperate need of a transplant.

Dr. Maureen Kelly and Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN Dean of the Emory School of Nursing, set into motion events that would bring the Brothers to Atlanta. Dr. Salmon collaborated with Vicki Moore, RN, chief nursing officer at Atlanta's St. Joseph's Hospital, to secure the medical care Brother Rolando so desperately needed.

Moore was already familiar with Brother Rolando's need. Father HoLung shared his story with her while recovering from open heart surgery at Saint Joseph's in November, 2003, and she later visited the Brothers in Jamaica. "Marla and I have collaborated over the years on nursing service and education programs, so I went to her for assistance in making this need known to the Emory University Hospital administration and renal transplant team."

"I can't say enough about the generosity of spirit, expertise and support that have come together from Emory, St. Joe's and the entire community," notes Dr. Salmon. "Dr. Chris Larsen and his team; Dr. Mike Johns and Mr. John Fox as Emory health system leaders; and the many, many doctors, nurses, technicians, community members and the kidney donor, Brother Joseph, together made something possible that just doesn't happen in today's health care system. I suspect that I am not alone in the feeling that this wonderful story is what being a health professional is all about - touching the lives of others and giving of one's self in ways that are, at times, truly miraculous."

Five days after the transplant, both Brothers were discharged from Emory and staying with their host family in Atlanta. Brother Rolando's energy is back, his kidney function has returned and he no longer needs dialysis. "The transplant was a success. Brother Rolando's prognosis is excellent and he will soon be able to resume his missionary work in Jamaica," says Dr. Larsen.



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