WSJ reporter Russolillo donates kidney to mother in law
Wall Street Journal reporter Steve Russolillo writes about donating a kidney to his mother in law just three weeks after marrying her daughter, Shelly Banjo of Bloomberg Gadfly.
Russolillo writes, “I married my wife on May 29. Three weeks later, I was lying in a New York City hospital recovery room. My new mother-in-law was a few beds away, my kidney flushing toxins from her body.
“When my wife, Shelly Banjo, and I began dating six years ago, I learned that polycystic kidney disease ran in her family. It is a genetic disease where cysts grow on kidneys, eventually destroying them. Shelly’s mother, Batya Banjo, would eventually need a kidney transplant. Some day, Shelly also might need one.
“Now, Batya refers to me affectionately as her new son and ‘kidney buddy.’ I’ll be thinking about her, recovering back at her home in Texas, as I run the New York City Marathon on Sunday.”
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