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Alaska Airlines pilots donates kidney to fellow Flight Attendant

Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:07 pm

We often help out colleagues with little things such as making a cup of coffee, offering a life home or working a shift to help out, but would you go as far as undergoing major surgery for a work associate?
Jenny Hansel, a flight attendant on Alaska Airlines has been suffering from kidney disease for over 15 years, undergone 7 surgeries and is subjected to 10 hours of dialysis every night. Without a kidney transplant, Jenny faces many years of dialysis and quite likely death. Alaska Airlines called for a donor from among their employees and Captain Jodi Harskamp was one of the first people to step forward. Captain Harskamp flies for Alaska Airlines, especially on the Hawaii route, and Jenny Hansel was often an attendant on the same aircraft. Four years previously, Jenny Hansel was one of the first people to step up to assist with food and other necessities when Captain Harskamp’s home burnt down, leaving her, her baby and her dog with nothing but what they had on them when they evacuated the burning house.

http://flyinganarchy.com/gift-life-pilo ... es-kidney/
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Such a nice gesture considering she could loose her job.
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Re: Alaska Airlines pilots donates kidney to fellow Flight Attendant

Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:05 pm

LeCoqFrancais wrote:
We often help out colleagues with little things such as making a cup of coffee, offering a life home or working a shift to help out, but would you go as far as undergoing major surgery for a work associate?
Jenny Hansel, a flight attendant on Alaska Airlines has been suffering from kidney disease for over 15 years, undergone 7 surgeries and is subjected to 10 hours of dialysis every night. Without a kidney transplant, Jenny faces many years of dialysis and quite likely death. Alaska Airlines called for a donor from among their employees and Captain Jodi Harskamp was one of the first people to step forward. Captain Harskamp flies for Alaska Airlines, especially on the Hawaii route, and Jenny Hansel was often an attendant on the same aircraft. Four years previously, Jenny Hansel was one of the first people to step up to assist with food and other necessities when Captain Harskamp’s home burnt down, leaving her, her baby and her dog with nothing but what they had on them when they evacuated the burning house.

http://flyinganarchy.com/gift-life-pilo ... es-kidney/
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Such a nice gesture considering she could loose her job.


Having two kidneys is not a job requirement. You only need one.

My daughter-in-law is an RN who runs a dialysis center. She donated a kidney to one of her patients.

It takes guts to do that, but the donor leads a completely normal life (so long as the remaining kidney functions).

From a pilot's perspective, you retain all of your abilities and functions. If in the future a problem arose with the remaining kidney it would be a very gradual thing with lots of warning time (months or years). Not like having a heart attack while at the controls of an aircraft.
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Re: Alaska Airlines pilots donates kidney to fellow Flight Attendant

Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:20 pm

BobPatterson wrote:
LeCoqFrancais wrote:
We often help out colleagues with little things such as making a cup of coffee, offering a life home or working a shift to help out, but would you go as far as undergoing major surgery for a work associate?
Jenny Hansel, a flight attendant on Alaska Airlines has been suffering from kidney disease for over 15 years, undergone 7 surgeries and is subjected to 10 hours of dialysis every night. Without a kidney transplant, Jenny faces many years of dialysis and quite likely death. Alaska Airlines called for a donor from among their employees and Captain Jodi Harskamp was one of the first people to step forward. Captain Harskamp flies for Alaska Airlines, especially on the Hawaii route, and Jenny Hansel was often an attendant on the same aircraft. Four years previously, Jenny Hansel was one of the first people to step up to assist with food and other necessities when Captain Harskamp’s home burnt down, leaving her, her baby and her dog with nothing but what they had on them when they evacuated the burning house.

http://flyinganarchy.com/gift-life-pilo ... es-kidney/
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Such a nice gesture considering she could loose her job.


Having two kidneys is not a job requirement. You only need one.

My daughter-in-law is an RN who runs a dialysis center. She donated a kidney to one of her patients.

It takes guts to do that, but the donor leads a completely normal life (so long as the remaining kidney functions).

From a pilot's perspective, you retain all of your abilities and functions. If in the future a problem arose with the remaining kidney it would be a very gradual thing with lots of warning time (months or years). Not like having a heart attack while at the controls of an aircraft.

I don't know much -if anything- about kydney transplants, I was just saying that based on what I read in the article:
Captain Harskamp’s career is on the line if she does not recover well enough to return to normal duties, but she believes she has assessed the risk and that the reward is far greater than the potential loss.
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Re: Alaska Airlines pilots donates kidney to fellow Flight Attendant

Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:35 am

Always touching & nice to see the real kindness in people. This is a great story & is what is right with America.
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Re: Alaska Airlines pilots donates kidney to fellow Flight Attendant

Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:40 pm

Perhaps someone can modify the thread title to indicate a pilot (singluar) not multiple pilots are donating kidneys?
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines pilots donates kidney to fellow Flight Attendant

Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:18 pm

Do you get priority if your one kidney goes bad after donating?

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