When I saw how life-changing the kidney replacement was for Clint’s brother, I felt I had to do the same.
Cynthia was the first "altruistic donor" for the National Kidney Registry. It was a big step that means that after lengthy psychological and medical testing, Cynthia was the first person selected to undergo the operation and donate one of her kidneys to an unknown recipient. The surgery was scheduled on Valentine's Day, 2008, and it was a remarkable success.
Since the process is now laparoscopic, the incision is quite small and the recovery period is shortened. She was in and out of the hospital in less than two days and fully recovered within a week. Cynthia and her husband are also on the board of the National Kidney Registry, and Cynthia is often called upon to counsels others who are considering donating a kidney.