After more than a year of painful struggles, tests, and finally finding a viable donor, an Eastlake man is just days away from getting a new kidney and a fresh start at life.
But it may not happen now thanks to the Cleveland Clinic’s evil and unscientific new policy requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for organ transplant recipients and donors.
Mike Ganim, 52, was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease when he was 27. He has been battling complications ever since, with things taking a turn for the worse in March of 2020.
“The kidneys were so profound with cysts that they just pressed and pressed and pressed on his main vein and it bottlenecked it and it went all the way down into his leg,” said Debi Ganim, Mike Ganim’s wife.
Doctors at the Cleaveland clinic told the Ganim family that Mike needed a transplant as soon as possible, so they got to work on looking for a match. The search eventually led to the couple asking personal friends, with an old friend of Debi, Sue, George, eventually stepping forward. George ended up being a match that Mike could use.