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CHICOPEE, Mass. – Kathy Balakier hasn’t had a straightforward journey, however issues have been trying up.
The previous Springfield instructor, and the spouse of Ward four Metropolis Councilor George Balakier, acquired a second likelihood at life.
“I’ve a smile underneath this masks, and I had one the entire course of and I’m certain that my household did, too,” stated Balakier.
When Spectrum Information 1 spoke to Balakier back in November, she was in want of a brand new liver and was in the hunt for an identical donor.
Nowadays, Balakier calls March 16 her “second birthday.” It is the day she efficiently acquired a brand new liver.
“It is such a celebration to have a brand new organ, you realize, to proceed life,” stated Kathy Balakier.
Because the Metropolis of Chicopee celebrated Organ and Donation Day, Kathy Balakier was surrounded by family and friends, and others who additionally shared their life altering experiences.
A kind of who spoke on the occasion was Lauren Meizo, a triple organ transplant recipient.
“I purchased my first home with my fiance. Now that’s one thing lots of people might take with no consideration, getting engaged like we did two years in the past, getting a canine, however to me that was an enormous milestone, one thing I by no means thought I’d get the possibility to do,” stated Meizo.
Meizo is simply 30 years outdated and has acquired two hearts and a kidney transplant. She went to grammar college with Balakier’s daughter, so it was a particular second after they raised the Donate Life flag.
“[Meizo is] miraculous what she has been via, she has been an inspiration. So I’ll all the time consider her like that and she or he nonetheless is,” stated Kathy Balakier.
Balakier stated tales like Meizo’s and the help of her household, helped her get via this.
“There have been numerous struggles and actually arduous occasions the previous few months, however to see her how she is now it is all price it and she or he now has a brand new lease on life and a lot to stay up for so we’re each grateful,” stated Kathy’s daughter, Meghan Balakier.
Kathy Balakier had not met her donor, but it surely’s been six weeks after the transplant and they’re each doing properly. Balakier stated she had a health care provider appointment earlier this week the place they let her know that each her and her donor’s livers have already began to regenerate and develop.
Anybody who’s concerned about turning into an organ donor can enroll on the Registry of Motor Automobiles or on-line at registerme.org.
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