By writer to www.wboy.com
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Bridgeport native Sami Wilson was a superbly wholesome 19-year-old. As a volleyball state champion and pupil at Fairmont State College, Wilson went to the hospital due to abdomen pains. Unrelated to the pains, routine testing discovered that her kidneys had been going into failure.
Wilson spent the following two weeks between UHC in Bridgeport and Pittsburgh Youngsters’s Hospital, the place she obtained the remainder of her care. Her prognosis collided with the start of the pandemic, so the vast majority of her early appointments had been by way of telemedicine. In June, she started going to Pittsburgh thrice every week for dialysis remedy.
“Dialysis could be very tough in your physique,” Wilson mentioned. “So beginning that up simply made me really feel much more sick than I used to be earlier than.”
Across the similar time, Donate Life WV approached Wilson and requested for her permission to be the face of the group’s new posters and brochures. She then turned the poster baby for Donate Life’s new marketing campaign.
The massive information got here for Wilson just a few weeks in the past: she was getting a brand new kidney. The donation got here because of her aunt, Debbie Huffman.
Although, the kidney itself wasn’t from her. Huffman participated in a kidney chain swap, the place eight folks donated kidneys to eight recipients. Wilson was a kind of recipients.
“It simply feels superb to have a brand new kidney and be prepared. I’m prepared to begin my new life,” Wilson mentioned with a smile on her face.
April is Nationwide Donate Life Month and Friday, April 16, is Nationwide Donate Life Day.
So as to register as an organ donor, click here or test the field when on the DMV.
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