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Here's the backstory: About 20 years ago, Lance was diagnosed with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. The condition causes kidneys to radically enlarge as cysts form throughout the kidneys, and renal function declines over time due to the damage. This is usually an inherited disorder, affecting 1 in 1,000 people; however, Lance is the only person in the family who has it (1 in 10 people with PKD get it from a random mutation). There’s no cure for PKD, and 50% of the cases move to end stage renal failure by age 60. Lance reached this point at the end of 2020 and needs a new kidney.
Lance had three people step up and offer a kidney: Lani (his wife), Lori, (his sister), and Layne (his fraternal twin brother). Being blood relatives, Layne and Lori were the most likely candidates. They each went through initial testing, but Layne got a head start and did the extensive follow-up testing. It turns out that he is a match (and a male-male transplant is more ideal), so Layne will undergo a nephrectomy and give a kidney to Lance.
The transplant is set for June 21st at UT Southwestern Medical/Clements University Hospital in Dallas, Texas. (Fun fact: Normally a transplanted kidney is placed alongside existing kidneys. However, Lance’s native kidneys are too large and diseased to remain in his body, so they’re being removed.) Layne will spend several days in the hospital and recover here in Texas until cleared to fly back to his home in California. Lance will be in the hospital a bit longer, and will recover at home until cleared to return to work.