BAR HARBOR — Four weeks after kidney transplant surgery, the recipient is feeling “relieved,” and the donor is well enough to start a new job.
Che Mislang, 42, of Bar Harbor received a kidney donated by Laura King, 27, of Ellsworth on June 23 at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Prior to the surgery, Mislang was going to Ellsworth for dialysis treatments three times a week because he had only 5 percent of normal kidney function.
“My lifestyle has changed,” Mislang said Tuesday. “I don’t have to go to dialysis anymore. And my brain is constantly thinking now, so it’s like a lot of the pollution that was inside my body is slowly dissolving away. I’m grateful there was a live donor.”
Mislang and King aren’t related, but their blood and DNA turned out to be a close match. King learned about Mislang’s need for a kidney because she is in a Bible study and prayer group with his wife, Sarah.
King said last week that she is still very glad she donated a kidney, even though the immediate aftermath of the surgery was not very pleasant.
“They didn’t exaggerate when they said it would be very painful,” she said. “But I’m feeling great now. I get tired, but I’m feeling back to my normal self.”
On Monday, she started a new job in the billing department at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor. She and her husband, Jacob, who grew up in Otter Creek, have three children.
Sarah Mislang said she and her husband have been “overwhelmed” by the support of the community and their church, the First Baptist Church of Bar Harbor.
“We’ve been above and beyond blessed,” she said.