By writer to spectrumnews1.com
FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Somewhat greater than a 12 months in the past, Keli Thorn, who has suffered from polycystic kidney illness for years, underwent surgical procedure to take away each of her kidneys.
“That was fairly scary for me, I’ve to say, as a result of I’m like, OK you’re going to take out my kidneys, however then what occurs,” Thorn mentioned.
It wasn’t simply scary for her. However for her husband Aaron as effectively.
However Aaron didn’t let his concern cease him from creating an indication and going out in his neighborhood to assist discover a donor for his spouse.
“I vividly do not forget that morning as a result of I had simply had surgical procedure, mind surgical procedure and I used to be simply scared,” Aaron mentioned.
However his concern shortly subsided when he acquired assist from the neighborhood.
“From there, we began a Fb group web page. We began posting within the native Fairfield Township Fb group and it simply began rising and rising,” he mentioned.
It was by means of this initiative he discovered a donor for his spouse. And he was additionally in a position to assist many others like Cathi Collwell, who lives tons of of miles away, and whose husband, Dave, wanted a donor.
“I believed, ‘Wow we’re in Butler County, what a coincidence,’” Collwell mentioned. “After which I noticed that she was in Ohio and we had been in Pennsylvania and we type of simply kicked off speaking from there.”
Collwell mentioned Aaron actually helped her by means of the method.
“He began itemizing the issues that he was going by means of as a partner supporting a beloved one and watching them undergo it and I simply began to cry as a result of I might lastly join with anyone who knew all the things that we had been each going by means of,” she mentioned.
A few months in the past, the couple came upon their niece is a possible donor. He’s hoping to have his surgical procedure throughout the subsequent couple of months.
“It has, like Cathi mentioned, (been) a protracted highway,” Dave mentioned. “With my niece, she’s been fantastic as a possible donor. There’s mild on the finish of the tunnel.”
Aaron mentioned he’s seeking to assist much more folks like Dave after his spouse’s surgical procedure on Feb. 2.
“We wish to assist different folks as a result of I feel on this life while you’ve been given such a blessing we wish to give it again to the neighborhood,” Aaron mentioned.
If you want to donate, go to kidneyforkeli.com.
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