David York a local man in the Reno-Tahoe area known for his good graces to charity, participated in donating his kidney for the Nevada Organ Donor Foundation. For York it started a month ago with his decision when he wanted to donate a kidney to a Renown’s organ foundation for those in need in downtown Reno. York spontaneously said that “I'd be happy to be tested for compatibility”, and immediately started the process through the one of the local transplant centers. York was then verified by nephrologist, Andrew Flanders to donate. York began his surgery on February 7 at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada two weeks later.
York explained his reasons for wanting to donate on his Twitter account. “I wanted to make a difference and save someone's life because someone out there deserves to live a happy life,” said York.
York a week later was reported with having symptoms swelling in the groin area, high blood pressure and nausea. After an X-ray, York was found to have a kidney disease known as proteinuria: a condition in which too much protein leaks from the blood into the urine. York was then put on dialysis to watch his intake of protein based foods.
York was seen on Twitter again as he described the sheer coincidence of his actions that may have affected his life as he said.
“This was a sudden turn of events and I'm probably the one to blame for not thinking ahead for my health.” York then adds, “Wish me luck guys to get better.”
York, since the case of proteinuria, has been absent from his college classes at UNR and many are speculating his wellness as the cause. Moreover, the organ donation system has its own built-in contradictions. A physician's guiding principle instructs do no harm, yet living donation removes an organ from a healthy person who will derive no medical benefit from the procedure. On UNR’s campus York was seen February 23 as he was protesting with his sign stating “shortening my life is not the right way of life!”