CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Late one night time, Brunna Martins was scrolling via Fb when she stumbled on a plea from a Metropolis of Coral Springs worker who was on the lookout for a kidney donor.
One thing concerning the man’s eyes spoke to the Fort Lauderdale pediatric nurse.
“He had a sort soul,” she stated.
And identical to that, Martins, 36, determined to supply the 59-year-old father one in all her kidneys.
The mom of a 5-year-old reached out to Frank Molino and shortly came upon she was the precise match.
And almost a 12 months after seeing that Fb put up, they had been each in surgical procedure, giving Molino an opportunity to revive his life.
At this time, six months later, the 2 are good associates, assembly for holidays and speaking often about “Katie” – the kidney Martins donated to Molino.
Earlier this month, Coral Springs acknowledged Martins in a public fee assembly for “her altruism in saving a life.”
“Who does one thing like this?” stated Molino, who has labored as a metropolis parks and recreation upkeep coordinator for 36 years. “She’s extraordinary. She doesn’t need something in return. Simply understanding her makes me a greater individual.”
Molino, who was feeling weak and dealing with end-stage renal failure earlier than the transplant, stated he’s doing a lot better with a brand new kidney.
Martins stated she feels wonderful too, a small scar on her stomach is the one reminder of her giving up the kidney.
“I now really feel extra fulfilled as an individual,” stated Martins, who works at Salah Basis Youngsters’s Hospital at Broward Well being in Fort Lauderdale.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil and raised in South Florida, Martins by no means envisioned donating her kidney.
However Molino reminded her of her father, she stated, and she or he didn’t need Molino’s two grownup youngsters to endure if he handed away ready to discover a kidney donor.
“I’ve been a risk-taker for many of my life, and I used to be ready for one thing in my life to offer me extra objective,” she stated. “If I had three kidneys, I’d donate one other one.”
When Martins reached out to Molino, he was on a nationwide registry for a kidney donor as his well being deteriorated.
Molino’s spouse, Helene, didn’t need him to attend doubtlessly years to high quality via the registry.
So she took to social media to discover a donor on her personal, hoping for a kindhearted individual to reply her name.
Molino urges others ready for a donor to do the identical factor.
“Don’t wait. Get on the market and inform your story,” he stated.
Martins expects to remain in contact with Molino for years to return. She considers him household.
“The journey is simply starting,” she stated.
If you’re contemplating donating a kidney, be taught extra here.
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