Sgt. Jacob Chadwick, 23, left, received a lifesaving kidney from Lt. Patrick Wayland, 24, right, who died after going into cardiac arrest on Aug. 1, 2011. (ABC News)
“On Aug. 7, Sgt. Jacob Chadwick, 23, of San Marcos, Calif., underwent a four-and-a-half hour kidney transplant at UC San Diego Medical Center that saved his life. His kidney donor was a fellow marine, 24-year-old Lt. Patrick Wayland from Midland, Texas, who went into cardiac arrest on Aug. 1 at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida.
“Now, both the Wayland and the Chadwick families have told ABCNews.com that they would like to meet, when the Waylands have moved pass the aftershocks of grief and Chadwick has healed from his surgery…”
Sgt. Jacob Chadwick
“Currently, nearly 90,000 Americans are on a waiting list for a kidney transplant, according to data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. In 2010, there were 16,898 kidney donations in the U.S.
“As of December 2010, 36 U.S. service members had donated 141 organs to gravely ill patients in the previous five years, according to an article in the military publication “Stars and Stripes.”
“Since then, Chadwick endured dialysis treatments for three and a half hours each day for rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis, a condition that caused his immune system to attack his kidneys, slowly scarring them beyond repair.”
On Aug. 5, Lt. Jeffrey Moore, a Navy flight surgeon at the Naval Aviation School’s command, acted as a witness when Carole Wayland signed her son’s organ donor forms at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Lt. Moore said that Wayland expressed in passing that she would like one of her son’s organs to be donated to a fellow Marine.
He said, “That’s kind of a mantra of the Marine Corps: taking care of your own.”
Late that evening, Lt. Moore entered three words into a Google search: Marine needs transplant. Operation Gratitude’s website popped up.
Lt. Moore helped the Wayland family donate their son’s organs to five recipients, all of whom remain anonymous except for the receiver of Wayland’s kidney: Jacob Chadwick.
“My job is to take care of aviators and being that [Patrick] was at Sacred Heart Hospital where I couldn’t really do anything, I felt like this is my way of helping the family, giving them a happy ending to a tragic event,” Lt. Moore said. PLEASE CONTINUE READING
Americans taking care of Americans … doing what has to be done. Obviously, there is a tremendous need for donated organs. Please consider the option for the sake of those around you … or even an American stranger!
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