Any illness can be harrowing, but those requiring transplants can be particularly devastating. There are literally thousands of people waiting for transplants at this moment, and many will die before the organs they need become available.
For Liz Anderson, of Kansas City, Missouri, finding a suitable donor was an ordeal. Since January of 2011, Ms. Anderson has a condition that caused her to need dialysis. Though immediate family members are often close enough matches to be able to provide kidneys, testing revealed that all of the relatives that tested to donate to her were excluded. But her prayers were answered in the form of her friend and co-worker, Toni Lamb.
The two women have worked together at Saint Joseph Medical Center for years – Anderson as a neo-natal nurse, and Lamb in labor and delivery. Lamb, whose father was on dialysis for several years, knew exactly what Anderson was facing and didn’t want her to have to go through it if she could help. She stated that she felt a “nudge” and was tested.