The ultimate Minnesota Nice: Pine River woman donates kidney to stranger she met at bar

She noticed he was on dialysis, and made the ultimate offer of help.
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Blanche DuBois famously said in "A Streetcar Named Desire" that she has "always depended on the kindness of strangers." That said, she never asked one for a kidney.

In fairness to Blanche, she wasn't in Minnesota, where people time and time again continue to prove how darn great they are to each other.

The latest example of Minnesota Nice comes from Pine River, where Kristin Day did a stranger the ultimate kindness by offering to donate him one of her kidneys.

Their meeting was by pure chance, they just happened to be sat near each other at a bar when Day, an office manager at Airwave Pedestal in Pine River, noticed he had a fistula on his arm that is used to administer dialysis.

As the Pine and Lakes Echo Journal reports, after a few hours of conversation Day was offering up her kidney to her new friend that led, six months later, to her giving away one of her organs for his benefit.

Obviously, that followed several months of testing, screenings and donor meetings to ensure they were a match, which luckily they were, and that Day was happy to go ahead with the surgery.

"I honestly had no fear about the surgery," Day told the Echo Journal. "I felt well-informed. I felt so sure about my decision. I think that's why I didn't feel scared about it."

You can read the Echo Journal's full report here.

More about kidney transplants

A kidney transplant is considered the best treatment option for those facing kidney failure, offering them a chance of a longer, healthier life.

What's more, those who have kidneys received from a living donor live longer than those who get one from a deceased donor, at 15-20 years compared to 10-15 years, according to the American Kidney Fund.

Donate A Life says the average wait for a kidney among those needing a donor is 3-5 years, with 100,000 people currently on the list nationally.

As for those donating one of their organs, Live Science says it doesn't shorten that person's lifespan given the human body can function on just one healthy kidney.

That's not to say it's risk-free, the same publication said those who donate a kidney are shown to be more likely to die within 90 days of the surgery, resulting from complications that sometimes – though not often – occur following the procedure.

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