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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — El Pasoan Elizabeth Moreno may very well be seen with tears streaming down her face whereas speaking concerning the man donating his kidney to her.
“Simply saying thanks it doesn’t appear to be sufficient, he’s really giving me my life again,” mentioned Moreno.
Elizabeth Moreno, 52, has kidney and renal failure and has been doing dialysis for 3 years. She has seven brothers and sisters however all of them have diabetes and are unable to donate to her.
Certainly one of her largest fears was not having the ability to reside lengthy sufficient to satisfy her grandchildren.
“I used to be considering the worst. I used to be, I believed, you realize, nicely I don’t know the way lengthy I’ve,” mentioned Moreno.
KTSM 9 Information spoke with Moreno again in December about her seek for a residing donor and that story reached El Pasoan John Sosa.
After listening to about Moreno’s circumstances, Sosa felt compelled to do what he may.
“My mother really comes from seven siblings as nicely, and I simply thought, ‘ what? How would I really feel if one thing like that occurred to my mother and nobody may assist?” he mentioned.
Sosa had by no means met Moreno and believed her to be a stranger when he instructed his fiance his plans of seeing if he was a match to donate his kidney to her. Nevertheless, it seems that Moreno used to work with Sosa’s fiance.
“I used to be telling her how I wished to do one thing and the way I type of felt it in my coronary heart and my soul. And he or she instructed me, coincidentally, that it was really her ex-coworker that she used to work with and, sadly, she needed to cease working because of the circumstances she was underneath,” mentioned Sosa.
Sosa discovered he was a match and met Moreno in particular person to share the information.
“To really save her or give her again to her household — to have the ability to meet her grandchild, doubtlessly future grandchild to be there for her godson — it’s simply overwhelming. I can’t clarify, I’m simply anxious to get into surgical procedure,” mentioned Sosa.
Sosa should take six weeks off of labor to recuperate however says it’s price it to avoid wasting a life.
The surgical procedure will happen in Could on the College Well being Transplant Middle in San Antonio and the residing donor surgical procedure might be performed by Dr. Elizabeth Thomas, surgical director for the residing donor program at UT Well being San Antonio.
“All of our residing donors are so distinctive and beneficiant and selfless, however in my view, it’s a complete different degree when somebody is impressed to present on this option to somebody they by no means even met,” mentioned Thomas.
Thomas defined that there are greater than 91,000 folks ready for a kidney and practically 9,000 of these individuals are Texans. She mentioned that Sosa shouldn’t be solely saving one life, however two.
“Each time a recipient receives a residing kidney donor, it takes them out of that deceased donor line and it frees up a kidney. It frees up a deceased donor’s kidney to go to somebody who could by no means get a residing donor,” mentioned Thomas.
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