November 13, 2012 – “Bean and Scott shared a beautiful moment today as Bean’s kidney became Scott’s. Both recovering like champs,” says Bean’s amazing wife Donna from his bedside.
Upon reflection, Donna joked, there’s now a “possibility that Scott may start obsessing on Taylor Swift, the Wreck (of the Edmund Fitzgerald) and U.S. Post Office.”
Bean had kept the possibility of surgery under wraps for weeks ’til he was certain that Scott Mason, KROQ’s Chief of Operations for nearly three decades, would be able to accept Bean’s kidney. Once he was reasonably confident that doctors could make the transplant work, he divulged that he would be giving the gift of life to one of our best friends here at KROQ.
Prior to Bean’s surgery, he addressed his decision to donate a kidney to Scott.
“This decision was a no-brainer for me. The disruption in my life should be minimal. There will be some discomfort for a few weeks after surgery but after that my life should go on almost exactly as before. One of the things I’ve learned is that we have two kidneys and when one is removed the other one steps up and works harder so that instead of the expected 50% remaining function I should have about 80%. Scott will go from nearly 0% to that same 80% and that will improve his quality of life dramatically.”
Read Bean’s full explanation here.