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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A kidney transplant recipient that looked for a donor has now led three further kidney transplant sufferers to obtain donors.
29-year-old Elena Depaolo, alongside together with her kidney donor and now shut buddy Laura Jean is celebrating a “Christmas reward of life” with others at ECMC Wednesday morning.
“I at all times name her my superhero as a result of she did one thing for me that I can by no means repay her for,” Elena Depaolo says. “And I really feel like if you are able to do one thing like that for anyone, you hit the jackpot in life.”
Elena’s story has opened doorways for different kidney recipients to discover a match.
“Due to my story that different individuals had been capable of profit from it, now all of us get to take pleasure in our vacation,” Elena says.
Elena’s donor Laura Jean tells 7 Information reporter Yoselin Individual she noticed Elena’s story on Fb, and he or she felt it in her coronary heart that she wanted to be Elena’s miracle.
“So once I noticed the necessity I knew Elena wanted probably the most time she will get together with her little one,” Laura Jean says. “As a result of while you undergo all of that and have a toddler is so much and nobody needs to be with out their dad and mom.”
Laura says donating her kidney and dwelling with out one hasn’t impacted her life.
“I really feel a hundred percent again to regular it actually hasn’t modified my life aside from gaining a fantastic friendship,” she says.
The Vice President of Communications at ECMC says this 12 months, there are 144 kidney transplants, and 17 of these have been from dwelling donors.
“The message is getting out. We’re inspired by individuals’s willingness to present the reward of life to so many of those people at the moment,” he says. “And we hope extra do donate sooner or later.”
But, for individuals like Elena, that reward is life-changing.
“Once I was identified with most cancers, I felt like I’ve by no means gotten that power again,” Elena says. “Now I get up day-after-day, I’ve a routine, and my life is regular once more.”
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