CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--One week prior to her 21st birthday, esthetic consultant Katelyn Rankin-Woeste will be checking into Cincinnati Children's Hospital in preparation to undergo a life-changing surgery, during which she will donate a kidney to a five-year-old boy named Vincent who she met while attending a barbecue last year. An active blood donor and mother of a seven-month-old daughter, Rankin-Woeste abides by the “pay it forward” motto and is relying on the goodwill of others to help cover her post-surgery expenses through donations to Cincinnati.MD, which she successfully utilized to easily find a surgeon for this upcoming procedure.
“This was a turning point for me and I knew immediately that I could save a life when I met Vincent and learned of his condition,” states Rankin-Woeste, who explains she learned about ‘domino surgery’ – the phrase describing multiple organ donors and recipients who all match one another and undergo transplants – from an episode of ABC Television’s Grey's Anatomy. “I simply couldn’t bear to see this young boy suffer. So I got tested to see if I was a match and upon confirmation, my decision was a no-brainer.”
YourCity.MD (YCMD) is the first and only healthcare information and resource platform providing every community in the nation with access to local health information, providers and services. Rankin-Woeste first utilized Cincinnati.MD to find an obstetrician/gynecologist, and based upon this success chose to re-visit YCMD to find a surgeon to perform this life-saving organ transplant procedure. Currently, over 87,000 people in the U.S. await a transplant, according to National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC).
“YourCity.MD eliminates the hassle from identifying and connecting with one of the most important people you need in your life -- your healthcare advisor,” says Rankin-Woeste. “I couldn’t believe how much information is readily available and the amount of doctors in my city I have found for both myself and my daughter.”
Joe Benza, founder and CEO, YCMD states, “YCMD is honored to assist Katelyn through this selfless act. Healthcare is local, not global, and this is a great example of a community coming together. Her story has inspired us so greatly, that we have decided to establish a “Superhero Nomination” on all our local community websites, in order to raise awareness of those who “pay it forward,” and give the gift of life to others. We hope that people will follow Katelyn’s experience on Health Care Heroes blog, read her personal entries and share her story via Twitter and Facebook as she embarks on this medical journey.”
YourCity.MD, LLC provides free tools, services and effective, HIPAA-compliant communications for patients and providers in over 500 cities and states. YourCity.MD provides consumers one-stop access to local healthcare providers and high-quality medical content to help them make better healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. To request partnership details, contact support@YourCity.MD.