This case tells the story of Sam, a young man who experienced kidney disease and kidney failure before age 30. The timeline covers his diagnosis to date as he has experienced the highs and lows of receiving a renal transplant. It also describes the experience of the patient's brother, Charles, in donating a gift of life by donating his kidney. Clinical management and outcome are interwoven with the views of participants and the multiple effects on the patient and his family during their kidney transplant "journey." Identifiers have been changed in this true story. The overall goal is to provide a unique experience for learning about the clinical aspects of renal transplantation amid the backdrop of its effects on the recipient and his donor and family.
This case is written for health care professionals, patients, and their families and friends.