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Oak Harbor mayor’s kidney successfully removed
Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley is out of surgery and doing well after doctors removed one of his kidneys to donate to a stranger.
Dudley’s wife, Christine, reported from Vancouver, B.C. just after noon on Monday that the three-and-a-half hour surgery was a success.
Christine said TV cameras and reporters met them at the Vancouver hospital early this morning. Dudley’s selfless act of donating a kidney to a 37-year-old stranger is big news in Canada. One story in a four-part Global BC series on Dudley “random act of kindness” is online at www.globaltvbc.com/video/random+act+of+kindness/video.html?v=2232824384&p=1&s=dd#video.
Dudley made the promise to donate his kidney last year after hearing Keesha Rosario speak at a Rotary Club meeting in Canada. She announced that her husband, Philip, was suffering from polycystic kidney disease and would die without a kidney transplant.
Dudley’s family has a history of the cruel genetic disease. He said he felt grateful that he wasn’t afflicted and had long planned to donate a kidney to someone in need.
Dudley kept his promise this morning. Dudley said before the operation that he should be back home this week, but it will take a few weeks to recuperate.