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Father and daughter legal scholars complete successful kidney transplant

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When Robert Mnookin, a longtime Harvard Law School professor, needed a new kidney, he got some help from another member of the legal academy—his daughter, Jennifer Mnookin, the dean of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

TaxProf Blog shared their story.

Jennifer Mnookin had one kidney removed in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, and it was put on an overnight flight to Boston to be transferred Dec. 3 to Robert Mnookin, who had end-stage kidney disease. Both are doing well.

“Thanks to my daughter’s love and generosity, I have a dynamite new kidney. In fact, there’s been this remarkable improvement in my kidney function since the surgery,” Robert Mnookin, who has two children, told the ABA Journal.

The TaxProf Blog post includes a photo of Robert Mnookin at home, standing up, smiling and giving two thumbs up while wearing a T-shirt that reads: “Straight Outta Surgery.”

Although recovery requires him to take “40 pills a day, which have to be very carefully scheduled” for the next few months, he says, the surgery was not as bad as he thought it would be.

As of Dec. 15, 91,667 people in the United States are on waitlists for new kidneys, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.

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