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MOUNTAIN TOP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) – Not solely is April Nationwide Donate Life Month, but additionally Saturday is Nationwide Siblings Day.
“When my daughter was 1-year-old, I used to be identified with Continual Kidney Illness,” stated Donna Tovalin, the kidney recipient.
That’s when she was advised she solely had round seven years left to reside.
“Two of my sisters stepped as much as the plate. The primary one, my oldest sister Mary Beth and sadly, days earlier than the transplant, it was canceled. As a result of docs thought doing a transplant on my sister Mary Greatest would hurt her,” stated Tovalin.
Subsequent up? Her second sister, Cecelia Chmiola.
“Cecelia turned out to be a optimistic match and thank goodness. Our transplant was July 27, 2004. So, that is our candy 16 of the kidney transplant,” stated Tovalin.
“You already know, I simply went by means of the method and did what I may as a result of I knew my youthful sister wanted one thing and if I may do it, why not do it,” stated Chmiola.
There are lots of misconceptions about being an organ donor. One of many largest being that many individuals imagine you need to be deceased to donate your organs.
“Most individuals are born with two kidneys and you may reside a full, productive life with just one kidney. It’s an extremely highly effective present to somebody that tangibly improves their life, how they really feel on a regular basis,” stated Dr. Joseph Vassalotti, Chief Medical Officer of the Nationwide Kidney Basis.
On the finish of the day, these three all have the identical message: look into being a residing organ donor.
“I name Cecelia my residing angel. If she had not stepped in, I wouldn’t be right here at this time doing this interview. Be a residing donor so individuals can have their life again,” stated Tovalin.
Donating an organ shouldn’t be one thing to be taken frivolously.
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