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Yale Law Student Names the Kidney He Gave Away After a Federal Appeals Judge

Posted May 7, 2012 6:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Yale Law School student Eric Parrie decided to name one of his kidneys before giving it away last summer to a woman he had never met.

Parrie called his kidney “Dick Posner” after the Chicago-based federal appeals judge and wrote a series of letters to the organ, ABC News reports. "You're headed for a new place, Dick Posner, and you're going to make that place better just by being there," Parrie wrote to his kidney.

Parrie says he named his kidney after Richard Posner because the jurist has written on the legal aspects of organ donation. Parrie decided to donate a kidney after reading an article in the Atlantic about organ donor chains. The recipient is Laura Cheaney, of Sulphur, La., whose kidneys failed after she gave birth to a son in 2007.

Parrie emailed the real Richard Posner to tell him about his naming decision, ABC says. An assistant replied. “Judge Posner was pleased to hear that since up to now, the only thing named after him was a house cat,” she wrote.

Hat tip to How Appealing.

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