Pittsburgh Kidney Doctor Donates Kidney To Stranger

As a kidney doctor for nearly two decades, Rita McGill has watched thousands of patients struggle on dialysis.

Something kept telling her she should donate one of her own healthy kidneys to help someone out of their misery.

On Tuesday, the longtime nephrologist underwent surgery in Allegheny General Hospital, where she works, and donated one of her kidneys to a man she’d met just weeks before. She hopes to go home on Saturday, thrilled that the young recipient no longer will have to undergo dialysis three times a week.

“I wasn’t prepared for how incredibly happy I would feel,” said McGill, 54, sitting in a bed in the same hospital where she often cares for patients.

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