Miracles happen every day at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and I am living proof.
Just two months after my
kidney transplant last summer, I was at the driving range swinging a golf club. I felt great!
And, second only to my younger sister who selflessly donated her kidney,
I credit Saint Barnabas Medical Center and the care I received there with
my continued healthy recovery.
I am a golfer by nature. I began playing at seven years old. Golf is a
game of repetition. You find out what works and you do it over and over.
This is how I have approached my recovery thanks to my team at Saint Barnabas.
They have always given me the detailed instructions and information I
need to stay healthy.
An active child, I knew that Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) ran in my
family, but my mother always told me not to worry. Between football, basketball
and golf, I never gave it a second thought. Then, when I was 31 years
old, I lost mom to the disease and it became a focus in my life.
Ten years later, my primary care physician told me it was time to see a
specialist as my kidney function was deteriorating. Over the next two
years, this trend continued. This was very difficult for me and my family.
I went from an active dad, coaching and playing sports with my two sons
to being nearly incapacitated.
I reached out to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in the spring of 2015 and
after speaking with
Dr. Shamkant Mulgaonkar, I knew I made the right decision. He is brilliant and we immediately
started the process.
Surgery took place on a Tuesday and just three short days later, I left
the hospital. The first eight weeks were difficult, but then I really
felt good! I followed every single instruction I was given and thanks
to my wonderful wife and boys, I concentrated on myself and getting better.
I made it very clear I did not want to live my life on dialysis. I truly
believe that my accomplished physicians and surgeons, and the transplant
coordinator and her amazing team worked together to give me the best odds
to live my life my way.
I never considered going to any hospital but Saint Barnabas, and the high
level of care and attention I received assured me I made the right decision.
Everything was done with my best interests in mind and I am so grateful.
Saint Barnabas Medical Center will be a part of me forever. I will never
forget what my transplant team has done for me.
Greg Ward, West Orange, NJ
Stories like Greg's are made possible in part thanks to generous donations
for Kidney Transplant. As a nonprofit organization, Saint Barnabas Medical
Center relies on your support to continue giving the best care to our patients.