Carson man donates kidney to friend
Michael Lloyd said his decision to donate a kidney to Diane Andreasen was based not on a desire to be a hero, but simply because he saw a friend in pain and wanted to help.
“I see a lot of people who are miserable about things or have self-pity,” Lloyd said. “Diane’s never been one of those people and she’s always been upbeat, she never complained about anything. She was the last person to complain when she had all the right to do that.
“Her doctor said the same thing, ‘If you’re going to donate a kidney, this is a great person to do it for.'”
Lloyd was a bartender at Mo & Sluggo’s four years ago. Andreasen and her husband Fred were his customers.
One night last December, Lloyd was out with friends and ran into the couple. Andreasen was in endstage renal failure and needed a kidney transplant. Two decades before, her sister donated a kidney to her, but now her body was rejecting it. The dialysis she’d been undergoing for the past 14 months had been zapping the last of her energy.
“Mike overhead me saying that my nephew had tested and he didn’t match. He walked over and said, ‘What blood type are you?’ ” Andreasen recalled.
Their blood types matched, and Mike said easily, “Test me,” she said.
What followed was a battery of tests that ultimately determined Lloyd was a match.
On July 16 at the University of California, San Francisco the two underwent surgery. Only five weeks out from the operation, Andreasen said things are going well.
She said when Lloyd offered to donate one of his kidneys he was so sincere and never wavered.
“I felt like I was going to die. I was so sick. I had no desire to do anything, and he was like, ‘Lets do it, tell them to get on the stick, I want to get going on this,'” she said. “He was just so up and so ready for it. And his parents were just so happy, you could see where Mike gets it. They were just so excited for Michael to be able to give.
“He’s my hero.”
Lloyd thinks his generosity is nothing more than a lesson for his two children Brayden, 9, and Sydney, 6.
“The way I look at it, my kids see their father and that he cares about life,” Lloyd said.
He said his position as the middle child of three siblings born to Harvey and Jane Lloyd taught him an important lesson about giving.
“I really know how to share,” he said with a belly laugh. “My brother grabbed every toy I got and said, ‘Let me show you how this works!’ I didn’t even get to play with it for two minutes and he was grabbing it out my hand.”
But in this instance, Lloyd said, the perks are greater than he expected.
“Diane looks great right now and Fred is relaxed. Seeing them together, you can’t imagine them apart from each other,” he said. “The bottom line is – that’s a great feeling. I’m lucky to experience that.
“She’s my hero.”
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