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ST. LOUIS – After one kidney failed, a Marion, Illinois man underwent a second kidney transplant in the course of the pandemic at Barnes Jewish Hospital.
Stephen Troop, 24, acquired a kidney donated to him by 23-year-old Sydney Jenkins of Chesterfield.
“I really feel like I’m a brand new model of myself,” Troop stated.
Troop acquired a kidney in January from his mom, but it surely failed in 10 hours. Then a stranger, Sydney Jenkins, stepped in to assist.
“I’ve needed to make a distinction on this world,” Jenkins stated.
She did that and extra. Sydney first signed as much as donate to a buddy of a buddy but it surely turned out she wasn’t wanted in that state of affairs. She stayed on the donor listing and that’s when Troop got here into the image.
“I simply actually assume the world of her to be unselfish to present actually a part of her personal physique to a whole stranger,” Troop stated. “Fairly miraculous.”
“I simply needed to save lots of a life,” Jenkins stated. “I simply needed to do one thing that’s worthwhile.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Jenkins, Troop, and their households met for the primary time. There have been no hugs; COVID-19 prevented that.
“She at all times has a really particular place in our coronary heart. Her complete household will,” stated Debra Troop, Stephen’s mom.
Troop stated the coronavirus pushed again his surgical procedure a pair months. The hospital discovered methods to make sure transplants can be protected for sufferers.
“We’ve actually modified our protocols; how sufferers are handled, the place they’re admitted, to how we clear the working room,” Barnes Jewish Transplant surgeon Dr. Jason Wellen stated.
There’s a number of thanks and a number of satisfaction for what Jenkins did to assist a stranger.
“It doesn’t shock us in any respect,” stated Mark Jenkins, Sydney’s father.
“She’s acquired a coronary heart of gold,” stated Angel Jenkins, Sydney’s mom. “She is going to do something for anyone.”
The donor and recipient share greater than a kidney; each are fascinated by drugs. Troop is learning to be a health care provider whereas Jenkins needs to be a doctor’s assistant. Two individuals who perceive how necessary it’s to assist others.
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