John and Donna LaBelle are from Fulton, and we sat down in September at an event called “The Art of the Scar” that was hosted by the Missouri Kidney Program.
When John was in his early twenties in the 1980s, he unexpectedly experienced kidney failure. Not long after, in 1981, John underwent a kidney transplant where they also removed his spleen.
They spoke about how even 37 years after his successful kidney transplant, there are still health concerns they face every day.
Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at missourihealthtalks.org.