Kidney donor raising awareness to increase living donors

Elaine Perlman donated her kidney after being inspired by her 19-year-old son’s kidney donation.

News 12 Staff

Apr 12, 2023, 2:28 AM

Updated 369 days ago

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As News 12 celebrates National Living Donor Day, one New York kidney donor is on a new journey to inspire others to become living donors. 
Elaine Perlman donated her kidney after being inspired by her 19-year-old son’s kidney donation. After a 33-year-long education career, she left her job as a professor and program director at Columbia University to inspire others to help give the gift of life.  
“I donated my kidney three years ago, and now I am trying to pass laws that support living donors so that we can have more of us,” said Perlman.  
Perlman likes to dispel any myths about living kidney donation.  
"It is not only safe, people who donate living kidneys live longer than the general population because we need to be in top health to be able to donate,” said Perlman. “In terms of long term affects the only thing I am restricted from doing is I cannot take ibuprofen anymore." 
Perlman says her scarring was minimal from the procedure. Now, she is a community advocate on the National Kidney Foundation’s Community Advocacy Committee.  


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