The Gift Of Life

"I INSIST" the mother said

"You must give him my kidney

My only child, my love

He's been on a terrible journey"


Her son had kidney failure

On dialysis for many years

No one else matched him

One of our greatest fears


SHE herself was at great risk

To get diabetes and worse

But she couldn't bear his misery

She'd plead with doctor and nurse


After months of careful testing

By dozens and dozens of teams

Transplant was done on a Monday

It fulfilled all of our dreams


And when the gas wore off

They woke up with a glow

As soon as we allowed them

They were up and ready to go


They've had wonderful years

Reminds me of great or bad sex

Things can go right or wrong

It's that elusive factor X!


Kidney transplants (and other organ transplants) are still few and far between in my country for lack of donors and other reasons. Living related kidney donors like this mother have to be screened rigorously before they are accepted as donors. They should not themselves get complications after donating. This lady was at high risk of getting diabetes and kidney disease herself. Fortunately she did not.

My colleagues and I call the unknown factor the X factor, which can defy proven scientific evidence. 


  • Teddy.15

    I am a donor , and very proud to be, such a lovely story in this one, we can all learn from this. πŸ’–

    • Rozina

      Thank you Teddy.

    • woundedheart

      I am a full organ donor so loved this poem. πŸ’Ÿ

      • Rozina

        Thank you.

      • Paul Bell

        I would imagine anyone getting that phone call to say a donor has been found must go through all sorts of life scenarios. A mother and child are special, mind you.

        • Rozina

          Yes. When everything goes well the donor, the recipient, the whole team rejoices.

        • FallenAngel1πŸ•Š

          "No person stands so tall as when they stoop to help a child" From the movie Slither,1973. In the movie it's "man",but I thought it only appropriate to change it. But that's neither here nor there. I understand this happened to a mother and her child,but I thought it to still be a great quote for this little gem you've penned so well here RozinaπŸ˜€ Bravo!🌹 Take a bow and shine bright 🌟

          • Rozina

            I have not seen this movie. It is a great line. Thank you.

          • Goldfinch60

            Giving the gift of life to others is so important to so many.


          • Rozina

            Yes absolutely. Thank you.

          • Accidental Poet

            A mother's love for her child knows no end. πŸ’•

          • Rozina

            True. Thank you.

          • Neville

            the gift of life is the most precious gift one can give or for that matter, to receive .. I have an old school friend who gave a kidney to his sister fifteen years ago last month ... well penned my friend ......... N

            • Rozina

              Thank you.

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