Good luck, Mayor Dudley | Editorial

Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley is setting a fine example in giving one if his kidneys to a man he doesn’t even know. The operation is scheduled to take place Monday in Vancouver, B.C.

People tend to by cynical about politicians, but this is not a move to improve his poll ratings, not that Whidbey Island has political polls. The News-Times announced his decision to donate a kidney long before he took office. Nor is this political grandstanding. The information came from another source, not Dudley. He explained that he’s just helping out a fellow Rotary Club member whose husband needs a functioning kidney to extend his days on this earth.

The mayor is facing a major operation that, if all goes well, will require several weeks before he’s fully recovered. He’ll miss out on a bit of city business but not a lot. If things don’t go well, as sometimes happens in surgery … well, let’s not discuss the possibilities.

Dudley is also surrendering his backup kidney. If something goes wrong with the one remaining, he won’t have the second one to fill the gap, so he’s taking a long-term risk. The kidneys are critically important, just ask the Internet: They make urine, remove waste and extra fluid from your blood, control your body’s chemical balance, help control your blood pressure, help keep your bones healthy and help make red blood cells. Without at least one, you’re a goner.

As the recipient, Philip Rosario, 37, of British Columbia fully realizes, Dudley is taking a personal risk in giving up one of his kidneys, which makes the gesture even more impressive.

Mayor Dudley has ruffled some political feathers in his short time in office by replacing or trying to replace the city manager, fire chief and police chief. But everyone, regardless of their personal feelings, can respect this selfless act by the mayor.

Just ask yourself: Would I give one of my kidneys to a stranger? Most of us probably aren’t sure. All the more reason to respect what Scott Dudley is doing.

Good luck, Mr. Mayor. We’ll all be pulling for you.






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