We have a date for Devon's kidney transplant!

Artwork: Ryan Putnam for Kidney for Devon

After a lot of back and forth, Devon has a surgery date! The kidney transplant surgery will be performed next Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 8:20am Pacific Time in San Diego, CA.

If you’d like to send something nice to Devon during her recovery, you can reach her at:

Devon Ko

1050 University Ave Ste E107-91

San Diego, CA 92103

This development has been years in the making. On behalf of everyone on Team Devon, I want to say thank you to every single one of you who made this news possible. Thank you for sharing this story, thank you for stretching her financial runway, thank you for your kind words of support and compassion.

Special thanks in particular to everyone who was willing to run the gauntlet as a kidney donor.

Thanks to these efforts, Devon was linked with a kind and generous soul who is willing to extend a life-changing gift.

How does this work?

While the pandemic could still move things around on us, as of now it looks like things are moving forward.

On surgery day, Devon’s kidney donor will be prepped just before Devon’s surgery. The kidney's donor procedure is laparoscopic—small incisions guided by a camera—so their recovery should be pretty fast.

For Devon, surgery will be more invasive. “Smiley-face” shaped incisions in the abdomen will be used to insert the new kidney and attach it to the existing plumbing. It might surprise you to know the existing kidneys will stay, leaving Devon with three in total. If the kidney kicks in during the operation, they’ll also remove Devon’s dialysis catheter, currently embedded in the abdominal wall. The operation will take 3-5 hours.

What comes next?

Recovery for this kind of transplant surgery runs 3-6 months. Devon will start steroids and anti-rejection meds so her immune system won’t attack the new kidney. She'll continue taking these medications for the rest of her life.

Major travel is out for the next year, and there’s up to a 25% chance of diabetes as a consequence of all the drugs needed.

Nonetheless, successful integration with the new kidney is going to be a new lease on life. More time, more energy, more freedom for Devon to pursue all the larger-scale goals that were out of reach while she worked full-time to stay alive.

I hope you’ll join me in celebration of all the hard work Devon did to get to this moment. Living with a health crisis of this magnitude is scary, exhausting and often all-consuming. Devon’s resolve in the face of this has been inspiration to me, and I know I’m not alone there.

Congratulations, my friend. It’s been a hard road and you worked for every last inch of this progress.