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Scott Bolender, 39, of Washington Court House, was to receive a kidney Thursday from his niece, Chanda Calentine, by way of her bellybutton.
"I'm just looking forward to getting out of bed," Bolender said in a bedside interview Wednesday.
Bolender, the married father of six children, has been unable to work because of Wagner's disease, an autoimmune disease that attacks the kidneys. He has been undergoing lifesaving dialysis since 2005.
Calentine, 30, of New York City, said she was thrilled to provide a kidney for her good-natured uncle and that she expects to do fine with a single remaining kidney.
She also said she was confident in the promise of a "nearly scar-free" post-surgical bellybutton but was prepared for the alternative. "A week ago I got a one-piece (bathing suit)," she said with a laugh.
The procedure involves making a three-quarter inch incision in the interior of the bellybutton and inserting a tube-like port with several round entry points for inserting a camera and other tools into the belly.
The belly is inflated with carbon dioxide to provide maneuvering room. The kidney is then freed from connecting tissue, wrapped in a plastic bag and removed through the navel when the blood supply is cut, shrinking the organ's fist-like size. The incision is expanded to about 1 1/2 inches to extract the kidney after the port is removed.
The procedure would not be appropriate for those who have had multiple major abdominal surgeries or who are obese, Gill said. Both conditions would limit the ability to look around the abdomen and move about instruments.
Kaster donated his kidney to his father, Phil Kaster, 61, of Canal Fulton, who was on dialysis for 10 months.
"When it's family like that, you wouldn't think twice," he said. "I'm glad I'm able to give somebody their life back."
On the Net:
Cleveland Clinic: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/
Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network: http://www.optn.org.
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