Kidney transplant recipient meets donor for the first timeUPDATED 7:59 PM HST Nov 12, 2013Video Transcript
kidney for someone you don't know? We hear about donations between loved ones, but rarely between strangers. The payoff comes... when donor meets recipient. This happened today at Queen's and KITV4's Justin Fujioka was there. Anne Hussey has spent a full week living with somebody else's kidney. Today, she met the man who's now a part of her. Mike Bailey says that hug, made all the pain of surgery, worthwhile. Mike Bailey: "FOR THAT, YOU GET THIS. I MEAN, HOW COOL IS THAT?" It's cool for Anne, too. Last Monday's transplant ended four long years of suffering. Anne Hussey: "IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SURGERY, I FELT DEFINITELY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. I SAID, 'THIS KIDNEY IS REALLY HEALTHY.' I MEAN I FELT SOMETHING DIFFERENT. I DID." She says Mike gave her so much more than just a kidney. Anne Hussey: "HE RESTORED HOPE BACK TO ME. BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE HOPE. MY LIFE CONSISTED OF GOING TO DIALYSIS THREE TIMES A WEEK, AND THAT WAS IT." Mike says he went through years of reflection, and it led him to one conclusion: He had to do it! Mike Bailey: "THINK ABOUT IT, IF WE TOOK ALL THE PEOPLE ON THAT DONOR LIST AND WE STRAPPED THEM IN CARS ON THE VIADUCT AND LIT THOSE CARS ON FIRE, EVERY ONE OF YOU GUYS WOULD BE PULLING OVER, JUMPING INTO THE FIRE TO PULL THEM OUT OF THAT CAR. BUT YOU WON'T DO THIS? WHY NOT?" Justin Fujioka: "THE QUEEN'S MEDICAL CENTER HAS THE ONLY ORGAN TRANSPLANT CENTER IN HAWAII AND THE PACIFIC RIM. MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE NEED A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT HERE IN THE ISLANDS." Doctors say being an organ donor is a start. Becoming a living organ donor... even better! Makoto Ogihara: "SUCCESS RATE OF KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATI ON, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE LIVING DONATION, IS CLOSE TO 99 TO A HUNDRED PERCENT." Anne likes those odds. She thanked Mike with a painting she created herself... And thanked her family for their support. Anne Hussey: "IT'S BEEN TRYING ON THEM AND NOW THEY KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, MOMMY'S HERE FOR A LONG TIME." Justin Fujioka, KITV4 News.