Kidney donor’s night-before-surgery poem

(AP) – Dec 14, 2009

WASHINGTON — On the eve of their dual surgeries, Tom Otten of suburban St. Louis tried to ease his nervous wife, Irene, by composing this poem about the impending donation of his left kidney:

‘Twas the night before surgery and all through the body

Two kidneys were resting, no need to go potty.

The liver spoke up and to the kidneys did nag

“One of you is going for a trip, you better pack a bag.”

The kidneys ignored him for they knew he was drunk

They never liked the liver, he was a smart— punk.

Right kidney said to left, “I hope it is me

Because I feel sorry for anyone who just cannot pee.”

Left kidney said back, “No I’ll be the one.”

Right kidney replied, “You have all the fun.”

Realizing that they would see each other no more

The two kidneys decided to celebrate galore.

They stole the liver’s whiskey and began to drink

But then the anus showed up and put up a stink.

“Be quiet up there, I must get my rest.”

He said it with anger and not in jest.

So the kidneys obeyed and put an end to the clatter

And said to each other, it really did not matter

If one is to leave and one is to stay.

They knew they would both be OK.

They said their goodbyes and had a good hug

Until a hand reached in and gave one a tug.

“Goodbye and good luck,” shouted the one on the right.

“Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!”

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About Lauren

Lauren Muskauski is the communications associate at The Living Legacy Foundation. She heads up many community outreach initiatives and projects, with a focus on middle school, high school and college outreach. She also manages The LLF’s and Donate Life Maryland’s presence on social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. Lauren’s commitment to donation started early when she registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor at the MVA upon receiving her first drivers’ license, but was then reinforced a few years later when her father passed away while waiting for a liver transplant. Now, she continues to be inspired on a daily basis by the generosity of donors and their families, as well as the gratitude exhibited by every recipient she meets.
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