He woke up with a strange feeling he had not felt in almost a decade. Not the grogginess and pain, that he had experienced more times than he cared to mention. No, this was the feeling of better health. The first words out of his mouth when he saw the nurse come in the room was, “Does it work? Am I gonna be ok?”
“Look for yourself.”, as she held up a bag of burgundy-tinged liquid that he slowly realized was coming out of his brand new, working kidney. With all the strength he could muster he let out a long-wished for sigh of relief and fell back under the spell of the mixture of leftover anesthesia and pain meds.