|Monica Jacobs laughs with her daughter Maggie Jacobs, 10, as they walk through their Queensbury neighborhood on Thursday, October 6, 2011. Monica donated one of her kidneys to the critically-ill daughter of a good friend. Photo: Aaron Eisenhauer|
The 40-year-old Queensbury wife and mother was part of a living organ donation in which she gave one of her kidneys to a Burlington, Vt., girl, the daughter of her husband's best friend.
While Jacobs has been called heroic for sacrificing her kidney, she sees her organ donation as simply something she had to do.
"These people are like our family," Jacobs said. "You can't imagine what this little girl has been through."
Fourteen year-old Mikaela Sienkiewicz has spent more time in hospitals and undergone far more tests and procedures than almost any kid her age.
Ten years ago, the spunky teen was diagnosed with Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease with Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis (ARPKD/CHF), a rare genetic disorder that leads to kidney failure and liver problems.