Living donors offer hopeful lifeline even if ‘Perfect Strangers’

I expanded my personal social media feed last week to include “World Channel.” I often find myself immersed in its programming on television, particularly the “America Reframed” series, so I figured: Why not get a sneak peek via Facebook?

The second post that came through my feed highlighted tonight’s premiere of the “Perfect Strangers” documentary. It profiles U.S. women living 500 miles apart who became connected when the possibility of one giving the other a kidney arises.

It reminded me of a few living donor stories that have passed through the print and online pages of The Catholic Sun in recent years.

Asked what it was about Father Whyte that prompted her to make the offer, Domashinski paused, as if puzzled by the question. “He needed a transplant. He needed a kidney,” she said.

Domashinski went on to tell her doctor that should she die during the procedure, to give the pastor her pancreas as well. She credited her upbringing for her decisions. Domashinski’s parents told her, “You’re not here just to be a piece of furniture.”

The priest is later quoted, “As we like to say here at St. Catherine’s, we’re going to take away her envelope. She doesn’t have to give anymore.”

A similar story had promise for a retired priest in the Diocese of Phoenix. Sadly, he was recently stripped of his “candidate” status for a kidney transplant.