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Vernon men doing well year after kidney transplant (Dr. Jagbir Gill, SPH)

Jeremy Meller was a match for friend Brian Spence, who needed transplant. (Photo courtesy of the Vernon Morning Star)
Jeremy Meller was a match for friend Brian Spence, who needed transplant. (Photo courtesy of the Vernon Morning Star)

Brian Spence will, for the rest of his life, carry part of Jeremy Meller with him. And Spence is eternally grateful for that.

This is the story of two Vernon; one fighting for his life battling kidney disease; the other a willing volunteer kidney donor.

In June 2017, the couple went to an appointment at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and met with a nephrologist, Dr. Gill, who informed Spence he was recommending him for kidney transplant. Spence was given a sample letter to send to family and friends and, in the age of social media, he used Facebook to appeal to prospective donors.

Read the full story on the Vernon Morning Star.

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