Friend, can you spare a kidney? (St. Paul's Hospital)

From a friendship which developed more than 25 years ago working together in a Vancouver law firm, Jean Bell and Sue McKeeman never imagined years later they would share more than life’s milestones together—they would share the gift of a kidney.

The friends, now both Comox Valley residents, went through a truly life-saving experience when McKeeman and Bell entered the paired-exchange program through the BC Kidney Foundation.

“If you’ve got a healthy pair, why not?” said McKeeman about her participation and kidney donation to the program.

In 2012, McKeeman made the decision to enter the paired-exchange program, and entered a battery of tests both at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox and St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.

Erin Haluschak reports

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