Vital Signs: Kidney transplant chain unites 6 Mainers

‘Tis the season of giving, but Stanley Galvin of Pemaquid has taken generosity to another level. He decided to donate a kidney to a stranger, hoping to help another Mainer live a long, healthy life. He ended up helping three.

Galvin is part of the largest kidney transplant chain ever to occur within Maine’s borders, triggering a succession of surgeries that involved two more donors who provided organs to three ailing recipients. The six individuals, all of them Maine residents, met for the first time Monday morning in Portland.

Surgeons at Maine Medical Center performed the half dozen surgeries in a single day, scrubbing in at 6 a.m. Nov. 4 and staying in the operating room until 9 p.m.

Pemaquid man’s altruism sparks kidney transplant chain that unites 6 Mainers

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Federal appeals court rejects LePage administration attempt to trim Medicaid rolls

About 6,000 19- and 20-year-old low-income Mainers will continue to receive health insurance coverage under MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program, after a federal court ruling against Gov. Paul LePage’s administration on Monday.

Maine CDC reports outbreak of chickenpox at school in Penobscot County

Maine health officials confirmed Wednesday that there is a chickenpox outbreak in one Penobscot County school, but declined to identify the school or disclose how many children are infected.

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Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell


Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.