Shoeshine man will get ‘amazing’ tip a person can have — a brand new kidney

Shoeshine guy and his donor

Shoeshine guy Pat Dardano sits with longtime customer Randy Haatvedt, who this year donated a kidney to Dardano. (Kidney First step toward Canada)

A Calgary shoeshine man got the very best tip he could find yourself getting from the longtime customer — an important organ.

Pat Dardano have been shining Randy Haatvedt’s shoes at Pat’s Place inside fifth Avenue Devote Calgary since the late 1980s.

Then Haatvedt heard that Dardano had been diagnosed with a condition known as Wegener’s disease, which attacks the bloodstream vessels and vital organs.

“Pat’s kidney disease had arrived at the reality that maybe he was going to need to take the transplant list,” stated Haatvedt on The Calgary Eyeopener on Thursday. 

“I’m thinking there is maybe some thing I needed to complete, when I heard Pat may need a kidney. I understood my bloodstream type was O negative and thought, ‘Gee, maybe there is a possibility here.'”

‘I only agreed to be shocked’

Haatvedt spoke towards the living donor program people at Foothills hospital, who ran him through a number of tests, before figuring out he would be a match for Dardano.

Foothills told Haatvedt that among the conditions was he needed to inform Dardano of his plan, which Haatvedt had initially been unwilling to do, while he was scared of getting Dardano’s hopes up.

For several weeks, he’d been prying information from Dardano without tipping him off — such things as his surname, his bloodstream type and the his physician.

‘I could not even talk for any couple of seconds.’ – Pat Dardano, on hearing a customer desired to provide him a kidney

Dardano chalked individuals little questions up to idle chatter from a client and themself — until eventually at the begining of 2012, when Haatvedt plopped themself onto a seat for any shoe shine.

“He stated, ‘Pat, I want to obtain my footwear shined, however i should also speak with you,'” stated Dardano. “‘I phoned the living donor [program at Foothills Hospital] and told them I wish to donate certainly one of my kidneys for you.A

“I did not understand what to state,Inch Dardano stated. “I had been just shocked. Exactly what do you tell that? I could not even talk for any couple of seconds.”

At that time, Dardano’s health was failing. He’d were built with a seizure. He was on dialysis. He almost wasn’t capable of working.

Anxiety struck on previous night surgery

Thinking to that fateful amount of time in This summer 2012, Haatvedt — now 63 — says he’d one brief moment, right before the transplant, where he wondered whether he was doing the best factor.

“It had been about 1 hour 30 minutes [lengthy], the night prior to the surgery was scheduled to become done,” Haatvedt stated.

“I was checked into Foothills Hospital, good to go, the exams are finished, forget about compatability tests to become done, as well as for around an hour . 5 your evening, I’d some ‘Oh, my God, what have I become myself into’ moment?”

Nothing specific became of prompt the doubt, he said — it had been just a remote moment of tension.

“Then it passed,” he stated. “I acquired a great night’s sleep, was in the following morning — and away we went.”

‘It’s been amazing’

The donation required place. 

Now, Dardano is back at Pat’s Place, which he’s been running for 32 years, since he showed up in Canada from Italia back in 1984.

“I am to work now. I’m able to travel again. It has been amazing — [I am] virtually normal,” said Dardano.

Dardano still shines Haatvedt’s footwear, and also the duo regularly meet for coffee too — and also have dinner together every This summer 11, that is their transplant anniversary.

Both males are healthy today.

Discussing tales before Kidney March

They are both discussing their story prior to the Kidney March, one hundred-km walk from Kananaskis Country to Calgary, which begins at 8 a.m. Friday in Millarville, just southwest of Calgary.

The march raises awareness and money for research and support programs for those who have kidney disease.

In the seven-year history, the Kidney March states it’s elevated greater than $5 million.


With files from The Calgary Eyeopener

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