Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims is a lifesaver. When he learned he was a perfect donor match for a gay man was dying of renal failure last year, he agreed to donate one of his kidneys. This week, over a year later, Sims tweeted he ran into the now-healthy recipient and his husband while the two men were having lunch. He also revealed that when his parents came to town, the group all shared a meal together.
\u201cLast month I was walking through the city to my office and passed a table and did a double take. My recipient Alan and his husband John were sitting having lunch. A perfectly normal, healthy, happy couple sitting in the sun enjoying each other\u2019s company. It was perfection!\u201d
Sims had initially kept the news secret. However, he initially revealed it last year after some Republican members of the Pennsylvania legislature tested positive for the virus but hid their status and came to work anyway without telling anyone. Sims blasted them, revealing why their actions hit home personally as well.
"In late January I secretly donated a kidney to a person who lives about 10 blocks from me in the City," Sims tweeted at the time. "He was dying of renal failure and I turned out to be a near perfect match."
The surgery went well and the "recipient began to improve almost immediately and his long term prognosis is strong."
Sims noted that "none of this was ever supposed to be public" but instead was meant to be a private act of compassion. He only revealed his donation because fellow lawmakers had put him and others at risk by not revealing their positive test results.
\u201cIn late January I secretly donated a kidney to a person who lives about 10 blocks from me in the City. He was dying of renal failure and I turned out to be a near perfect match. I spent several days in the hospital and several days with fifth a friend before returning home.\u201d
"We need adults in the room and I want to bring bold innovative leadership based on lived experiences and shared values to the Commonwealth," he said in the video announcing his candidacy.
Sims is a busy man these days, but he always seems to find time for family. He revealed he and his parents sat down for dinner with found time to sit down for dinner with donor recipient Alan and his husband, John, the night before.
"Families come in all shapes and sizes," he tweeted. "Ours is pretty special."
\u201cFAMILY: Last night my parents came into town for the first time since my surgery last January and we had dinner with the recipient of my kidney and his husband! Families come in all shapes and sizes. Ours is pretty special.\u201d
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