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Donor, Recipient Biographies

Donor, Recipient Biographies

Donor #1- Altruistic
Honore “Honey Rose” Rothstein
Honey Rose Rothstein is a 48-year-old mother of two children, Justin and Summer Castleman. Her second husband of 16 years, Gary Castleman, and her 24-year-old daughter, Summer Castleman, died in separate events. Gary Castleman died in 2003 of a brain hemorrhage and Summer Castle died on Thanksgiving Day 2004 of an overdose. Gary Castleman was an organ donor, but Summer Castleman’s organs were not medically suitable for donation. Rothstein decided to donate one of her kidneys as an altruistic donor in honor of her daughter’s unfulfilled wish to donate her organs. Rothstein is a computer specialist in networking who resides with her new husband, Barry Rothstein, her son, Justin, and three dogs in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Recipient #1
Kristine Jantzi
Kristine Jantzi, 40, has had end-stage renal disease since age 10. She has had two previous kidney transplants, one that failed due to blood clots and a second that lasted 10 years but failed due to recurrent disease. Because of her previous transplants, harmful antibodies made her incompatible with an organ offered by her adoptive mother, Florence Jantzi. Kristine Jantzi has endured lengthy hospitalizations over the past several years with complications of her kidney disease. Her harmful antibodies make her a difficult-to-match recipient, and as a result she has spent 10 years on dialysis. She resides in Bangor, Maine, with her husband.

Donor #2
Florence Jantzi
Florence Jantzi, 65, is a healthy woman who works as a Christian missionary and lives in Ontario, Canada.

Recipient #2
George Lonnie Brooks
Lonnie Brooks is a 52-year-old, semi-retired mechanic who developed end-stage renal disease as the result of hypertension. He has been on dialysis for three years and has not had a previous transplant. In addition to renal disease, he has several other health problems, including peripheral vascular disease and cardiomyopathy. His wife of 33 years, Sharon Brooks, wanted to donate one of her kidneys to him, but she has blood type A and he has blood type B, which makes her kidney incompatible. Lonnie and Sharon Brooks live in Clermont, Fla.

Donor #3
Sharon Brooks
Sharon Brooks, 55, works as a maintenance administrator for the telephone company.

Recipient #3
Gary Persell
Gary Persell is a 61-year-old father of two sons and retired film distributor. He has end-stage renal disease secondary to diabetes mellitus and lost his right kidney 20 years ago in an auto accident. His potential living donor, wife Leslie Persell, was blood type and tissue type incompatible. He has been on dialysis since 2003 and was on the deceased donor transplant list at UCLA but had not received any offers. The Persells live in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Donor #4
Leslie Persell
Leslie Persell, 61, is a retired history teacher.

Recipient #4
Gerald Loevner
Gerald Loevner is a 77-year-old commercial real estate developer, father of two and grandfather, with end-stage kidney disease secondary to ischemic kidney disease. He has been on dialysis since 2005, and his medical history includes coronary bypass surgery in 1974, 1991 and 1998. His potential living donor, wife Sandra Loevner, was blood type incompatible. They live in Sarasota, Fla.

Donor #5
Sandra Loevner
Sandra Loevner, 63, works with her husband as a real estate developer and used to be a marathon runner. Sandra has one child and two stepchildren.

Recipient #5 -- UNOS waiting list
Sheila Thornton
Sheila Thornton is a 63-year-old wife and mother of one biological and three adopted children. She is a retired elementary school teacher with end-stage renal disease secondary to hypertension and focal segmental glomerular sclerosis. Thornton did not have a living donor and had been listed on the deceased donor waiting list since 2004. She lives with her husband and three of her children in Edgewood, Md.