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Kidney Transplant program

A half century of success

The newspaper pages are faded but the stories shine through: two strangers become connected after each receiving a kidney from a deceased donor in 1979; a woman donates her kidney to a sister and marks the 300th transplant at St. Michael’s Hospital in 1984; a brother travels from Vietnam to Canada in the '90s to save his sibling’s life with a kidney transplant.

These are just a few of the stories the Kidney Transplant Program at St. Michael’s has seen over its 50-year journey.

Now, to celebrate half a century of success, the program is launching a campaign called #MyTXanniversary to encourage more people to register as organ donors and highlight its patients and staff by sharing stories of their own transplant anniversaries.

Sign up to be a donor, or check your registration status online today at our donor drive.

Roberto Giordano
‘I had nothing to lose’: St. Michael’s patient reflects on 42 years with kidney transplant

Nearly 43 years ago, Roberto Giordano received a kidney transplant at St. Michael’s Hospital. It was the early days of transplant, but when the doctors asked if he wanted the opportunity to have a kidney transplant, Giordano didn’t hesitate. “I had nothing to lose,” said Giordano, who was 24 years old at the time. Read more

Margot (left) and Nancy Glatt
‘The Gift’

Margot Glatt, a kidney donor at St. Michael’s Hospital, felt inspired to share her own organ donation story for the 50-year anniversary of kidney transplant at St. Michael’s. Through the National Kidney Paired Donation Program, a program that assists individuals who are not able to directly donate, Margot donated her kidney to a stranger. In turn her sister Nancy, who received care at the Ottawa Riverside Hospital’s nephrology department, received a kidney from another stranger. Read more

Paul was diagnosed with ADKPD in his twenties.Offering more options for transplant: One man’s successful transplant journey made possible by the only hospital in Canada to offer a rare procedure

When Paul looks back on life before transplant, he compares it to being a prisoner in his own body. “You feel like there's this better person inside of you that's locked in a cage,” he said. “And you just know you're a better person, but you're locked in there and you can't get out.” Read more

Andrew and his mother, Suk Yin’Nothing more meaningful that we can give’: a mom donates her kidney to her son

Andrew's first few memories of him at university include a home dialysis machine, which he brought into his dorm room. He had been diagnosed with a kidney disease when he was 10 years old, and over his teen years, it had gotten worse. Then, when he was 18, the St. Michael's Kidney Transplant Program found out his mom was a match to donate her kidney. Read more

The Kidney Transplant program at St. Michael's celebrates its 300th transplant when a woman donates her kidney to her sister in 1984.Half a century of success for the Kidney Transplant Program

Though the Kidney Transplant program is now one of the largest in the country, it started with humble roots. Fifty years ago, St. Michael’s successfully completed Canada’s first heart transplant, but kidney transplantation was the only organ transplant program that stuck. Read more