The two women wouldn’t formally meet until days after the kidney transplant was complete. When their eyes met after the surgery, they soon realized they’d seen each other before — seated in the waiting room together just prior to surgery, neither one knowing the connection they’d eventually share.
Reflecting on their brief pre-op moment, Jung recalled whispering to her husband that Bonny looked like an angel. Little did she know that Bonny would impact her life in such a profound way.
Reflecting on their brief pre-op moment, Jung recalled whispering to her husband that Bonny looked like an angel.
At any given time, nearly 600 patients in the Scripps network are waiting for a kidney transplant. As a result of Bonny’s selfless generosity Jung is one less patient on that list and on the road to better health. Which means one more life has been given the gift to continue and keep going — all made possible by a single act of kindness, and an expert medical team at the ready.
Whether it’s bringing two seemingly disparate lives together across vast distances or taking the quick action necessary to ensure that organ donors and recipients receive timely, optimal care, Scripps approaches every case with the highest level of determination and compassion.
“We’re a big team and it takes a lot of work to help get our patients through the process, get them evaluated, listed and transplanted,” said Christopher Marsh, MD, chief of the Scripps Organ Transplantation Service. “And each time it happens, it’s thrilling.”
For more than 20 years, Scripps has been at the forefront of expert medical care, providing lifesaving organ transplants and blood or bone marrow transplants. It’s also one of the premier transplant centers in southern California, developing San Diego’s first blood and bone marrow transplant (BMT) program in 1980, and was one of the nation’s first hospitals to administer bone marrow stem cell transplantation. Scripps Clinic also developed San Diego’s first liver transplant program in 1990.