A conversation with a desk clerk at a yoga studio triggered the longest chain of kidney donation that has so far helped 30 people get a replacement kidney.
Rick Ruzzamenti, 44, of California was talking with the desk clerk at his yoga studio when she told him that she had donated one of her kidneys to help an ailing friend. Ruzzamenti immediately decided to donate his own kidney for a needy person and that triggered a chain of kidney donations across the country.
When the family members found out that they were unable to donate their kidneys to their loved ones, they instead decided to donate their kidneys to strangers who managed to get a match.
Stating that he would have been willing to donate another kidney if it was possible, Ruzzamenti said, "The only thing I can say is we have two kidneys and if you believe in God, you could say well maybe God gave us an extra kidney so that we could give it away. The amount of suffering and pain and discomfort or whatever that I went through is just absolutely nothing for the amount of good that came with it."