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(La Vernia resident Samantha Garza displays on her expertise as a kidney donor in recognition of Donate Life Month.)
I used to be blessed with a possibility that will perpetually change my life in essentially the most significant method. I at all times stated that I might like to be part of one thing that’s larger than I’m, if ever given the prospect. In 2019, I might get that likelihood to assist my brother-in-law, Edward Garcia.
In 2006 — after struggling kidney failure — Edward obtained his first profitable kidney transplant, which gave him 10 great years earlier than he discovered himself again within the dialysis chair, hoping and praying for a miracle.
After a couple of years, he acquired the decision letting him know he had lastly reached the highest of the transplant record. Nonetheless, even on the prime, it nonetheless took some time earlier than he might obtain a brand new kidney.
When you’re ready for a brand new kidney, all stars need to align completely; this alignment can take time, and sometimes, it takes extra time than an individual has left.
After nice efforts made by the group at Methodist Hospital Specialty and Transplant in San Antonio, Edward in 2019 reached out to household and pals for assist.
With out hesitation or worry, I answered the necessity that had offered itself and felt a powerful feeling from inside pulling me towards this. This chance allowed me to re-evaluate and deeply mirror on my life as an entire.
I noticed that my life had better objective, and it wasn’t simply destiny or future that I married my great husband, Fred, 20 years in the past. There was the next energy at work right here that was larger and extra than simply little ol’ me falling in love with Fred. I used to be the place I used to be purported to be, and I used to be supposed to assist my brother-in-law — and my household!
My sister-in-law wanted extra time along with her husband, and his two lovely children nonetheless wanted their dad and nonetheless had many firsts to share with him.
By donating my “spare,” they might have the prospect at writing these unfinished chapters of their life ebook that will result in many lovely reminiscences.
I went via all of the required testing, which I did in lower than two weeks, however discovered that I used to be not a direct match to Edward. Nonetheless, I might nonetheless assist. I discovered concerning the Kidney Change Program at Methodist Hospital Specialty and Transplant. I might be capable to assist another person whereas they discovered a match for my brother-in-law.
As a part of the alternate, there could be two recipients receiving a kidney — my brother-in-law and the opposite individual in want of a transplant.
Our surgical procedures had been scheduled for April 2020, however needed to be postponed. Throughout this time, it was essential to remain constructive. I knew the surgical procedure was going to occur, however simply not when. Once we acquired the decision that our surgical procedures had been rescheduled for the next July 8, we had been past excited,
Our household, pals, and employers had been wonderful all through this whole course of. We additionally had the assist of the complete transplant group, which was there for us each step of the way in which and really fast to answer our calls and questions. This group and the assist of all these we took on our journey made this a really clean course of.
Our surgical procedures had been profitable, with minimal hospital stays for us each. I used to be within the hospital for 2 days, and Edward was in for 4 days. My ache was minimal, and if I might, I might do that once more.
Whereas I by no means thought of being an organ donor earlier than this, I now discover myself telling others about how wonderful this expertise was.
My goals and aspirations are to create better consciousness round being a dwelling donor and the Kidney Change Program. If I might do that, you possibly can. You, too, may be the reply to somebody’s prayer and provides somebody the present of life!
Dwelling a more healthy life
9 months after the kidney transplant surgical procedures, Samantha Garza stated each she and her brother-in-law, Edward Garcia, are doing nicely.
“I’m again to my regular routine and dwelling a more healthy life than I did previous to my donation surgical procedure,” Samantha stated. “I’ve a greater sense of objective and dwelling life with better which means.”
Edward has returned to his employment with an oil firm in Alice, and Samantha continues to work for a San Antonio credit score union.
She stated the transplant introduced their shut households even nearer collectively.
Samantha and her husband, Fred, have two women, Madeline, 16, and Caelen, 12, who attend colleges in La Vernia.
Edward and his spouse —Fred’s sister, Cindy — stay close to Alice with their two youngsters, Ethan, 17, and Avery, 15.
“We had been all collectively for Easter,” Samantha stated. “Now we’re planning to make extra reminiscences with our first summer time trip collectively.”