Pittsburgh Tribune | Chris Togneri
The decision to donate part of her liver to a stranger was easy, says Corina Sanchez.
"This is God's plan," she said.
She won't get money, and the family of the woman she's helping, Marlene Soliman, did not offer any, she said. Her brother Sergio Sanchez paid for her plane ticket to Pittsburgh.
Like Marlene and her brother Miguel Soliman, Corina Sanchez is staying in Family House in Oakland, a nonprofit that assists critically ill patients and their families. A family assistance fund pays the room costs, Executive Director Christie Knott said.
Before coming here from Honduras, Corina asked for assurance that she could return to her job in a textile mill, so Miguel Soliman flew there last month to ask her boss, who agreed.
Corina Sanchez said she does not want to immigrate to America. Her tourist visa lasts six months and allows one entry into the country, but Soliman will lobby the State Department to extend that so she can travel to Pittsburgh for post-operative checkups and treatment.
Donating an organ to a stranger is not unheard of. When Nancy Murrell, 50, of Penn Hills gave a kidney to someone in New York City in 2009, hospital staff asked her why, she said.