By Jane Bianchi The 5 Most Heartwarming Stories of Kidney Donation
No one ever thinks they'll go under the knife for another person's sake. But when these five women encountered a life-or-death request, their decision-to donate a kidney-was a no-brainer. This incredibly selfless act is no walk in the park-they all underwent major surgery and months of recovery-but they said it was worth it. Read on for their touching stories and find out the unexpected rewards they reaped from keeping someone else alive. Photo by Michelle Largoza.
"I donated to my dad."
Cara Reynoso, 40, Bloomfield, NJ
"When my dad let a minor kidney problem develop into end-stage chronic kidney disease earlier this year, I was shocked. He's an internal medicine doctor and should have known how not to get sick! To keep him off dialysis for life, my two younger sisters and I knew that one of us needed to give him a kidney. Since Kathy has young children and Michelle has no kids, I said I'd do it; if anything were to happen to me,Read More »from The 5 Most Heartwarming Stories of Kidney Donation