Nurses are no strangers to helping others, it's just not usually one of their colleagues. However, that's exactly what one nurse in Minneapolis, Minnesota, did recently when she donated a kidney to a coworker, CBS affiliate WCCO reports.
Everything started when Vicki Robinson was told she would need a kidney transplant to help her avoid dialysis. Hearing about the dire situation, her coworker and friend Kari Bouavichith did not hesitate to help out. After testing, she found she was a match, and the pair had surgery last week.
"She’s my friend. She’s like my second mother," Bouavichith told the news channel. "I want her to be alive, and well, and enjoying life."
According to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), around 26 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic kidney disease and there are millions more at risk for developing the condition. While not everyone can make such a significant contribution to a loved one or friend with an ailing kidney, there are other ways to offer support. Specifically, Frendo provides NKF with fee-free donations. Sign up now.
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