By writer to www.newsday.com
It’s the season to be grateful, two Nassau County legislatures famous Monday, as they honored a Centerport lady for donating a kidney to her uncle, giving the Vietnam Conflict veteran and 9/11 first-responder a brand new lease on life.
In introducing Julianne “Julie” Jimenez and Anthony Jimenez to her colleagues, Legis. Debra Mulé (D-Freeport) mentioned the niece and her uncle are a part of a “very, very particular household.” Mulé mentioned she has identified Julianne’s mother and father, Phil and Carolyn Jimenez, of Freeport, for years.
“However this can be a story of affection in essentially the most pure sense doable,” Mulé mentioned.
Legis. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove), spoke of her lengthy friendship with Anthony Jimenez, director of Veterans Affairs for Glen Cove and a lifelong resident of town. DeRiggi-Whitton mentioned she watched how kidney illness and dialysis sapped his vitality.
“He simply didn’t have that spark,” she mentioned.
After Jimenez instructed her he wanted a kidney transplant, DeRiggi-Whitton mentioned, “we realized how exhausting it was to discover a match.” The issue of finding an acceptable kidney, she mentioned, led to the formation of a Fb web page about Jimenez’s plight. That prompted his niece to take motion.
“The choice to donate a kidney to my Uncle Tony got here very simple to me,” Julianne Jimenez instructed legislators. “He was a supply of steering and encouragement for me after I struggled with habit in my early 20s. And he continues to be a quiet hero.”
Now a psychotherapist and social employee, Jimenez mentioned she researched kidney donation. She praised the transplant staff at North Shore College Hospital for making ready her for the method, noting the in depth screening achieved to “rule out anybody which will have future dangers.” And he or she championed stay organ donation.
She instructed legislators that after the surgical procedure to take away one among her two kidneys on Nov. 30, 2020, “I had the standard soreness and ache, however acquired stronger every day and returned to work simply two weeks later.” Her way of life “has been regular, energetic and full ever since,” Jimenez mentioned.
Anthony Jimenez mentioned he had been apprehensive in looking for out a stay kidney donor.
“The entire concern of donating is type of mind-boggling. In New York State, the ready record for a brand new kidney is between six and eight years,” he mentioned. His docs instructed him: ” ‘You want a kidney, however we are able to’t put you on the record as a result of primarily you’re going to be lifeless earlier than six to 9 years.’ … The one factor you are able to do is use someone, a dwelling donor, which to me, you recognize — how can I ask someone for his or her kidney?”
However by way of the encouragement of DeRiggi-Whitton, Jimenez agreed to do a Fb enchantment.
“And who steps ahead?” he requested. “Proper across the nook, my niece.”
Jimenez, 70, mentioned he gave her many alternatives to again out, however she remained steadfast.
The brand new kidney has proved to be transformative.
“I’m doing unbelievable,” he mentioned.
Carolyn Jimenez mentioned of her daughter in an interview, “I’m so pleased with her,” including, “Our household has an actual giving spirit. Tony has achieved quite a bit in his life,” noting his service and response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist assaults.
Julianne’s father, Phil Jimenez, mentioned his youthful brother has been his “hero. He’s all the time been there. Then he wanted assist and my daughter stepped up.”
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