Beauty shop banter leads to kidney donation
Updated 4:33 am, Thursday, December 7, 2017
NORTONVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Be thankful for women's beauty shop banter, for one day, it might save your life. It definitely saved Jason Moore's.
"I was getting my hair done, and she was discouraged as a wife," said Alli Scott, 23. "I got cold chills from my head to my feet when she was talking about it. I knew it was me immediately."
Scott was Christy Moore's regular beauty shop client. The couple, who live just on the outskirts of Nortonville, were at their wits end. Jason Moore, now 43, had a kidney transplant when he was 28 years old. A growing cyst had terminated its ability to filter blood, and Jason Moore was facing renal failure. At the time, his sister was a willing and able donor.
But there was only one problem: In 2002, the average lifespan of a donated kidney was only eight years. Jason's sister's organ had lasted more than 11. By 2014, it too was failing.
Three years later, Jason was on full dialysis and in desperate need of another transplant.
"I didn't even know my blood type," Scott said. "But I knew I was giving this kidney."
By the summer of this year, several willing participants had come to Jason's aid, including his mother-in-law, co-workers and ex-wife. None of them had been a complete match.
After two full days of testing at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Scott passed the test.
"It's the best physical you could ever have," Jason Moore said. "If they catch anything at all, they will cut you out just like that. When you are on waiting list, like I was, they don't ever tell you where you're at.
"They do say, the average wait is four to seven years," he added.
Jason Moore had to wait no more. As soon as Scott passed her donor tests and rigorous physical, the transplant surgery was scheduled for Nov. 7.
"It went as smoothly as possible," Christy Moore said. "I had already went through it once before with Jason, but this time, I wasn't only worried about him. I was worried about Alli. As much as I was worried about him, I wouldn't have wanted anything in the world to happen to her. I didn't even want her sore or hurt."
Scott enjoyed a speedy recovery in Nashville. By Nov. 9, she was back home. Jason Moore was released the following day.
"Honestly, once you get up and walk around, it gets better," Scott said. "Moving around does help, it's ridiculous. But ever since I donated my kidney, I get butterfly feelings, like when you feel your baby move for the first time. It is freaky, but I know it is a blessing."
For Jason Moore, the difference is like night and day.
"I felt like I had the flu before," he said. "Now I feel 100 times better. I can't go back to work for three months because my immune system is suppressed, but I am steadily getting better. I am not on dialysis anymore, and my energy is coming back."
Recently, Jason Moore walked himself into the doctor's office for a checkup at Saint Thomas. Previously, he had to arrive in a wheelchair.
"The average life of a kidney before, was eight years," he said. "Now, they last 16-20 years. Some don't ever take, so only time will tell. As long as I take care of myself, eat right and exercise, I believe I'll be okay — but I'll take 11.5 years like last time and that's okay too."
According to Kentucky Organ Donation Affiliates, 700 Kentuckians are currently on the transplant waiting list and up to 6,000 die each year waiting to be served. One million residents are currently on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.
"Alli gave us a gift we can never repay," Christy Moore said. "Even our pastor said he didn't know if he could do it. When Alli was at peace about it, I was at peace about it."
Scott is definitely at peace.
"If I had five kidneys, I would give away all four," she said. "It doesn't worry me at all that I have one now. I get to go to the top of the (waiting) list if I need a kidney since I am a donor. I would do it all over again if I could."
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