The Tribune Democrat | Bernie Hornick
“Give me a minute,” she said over the telephone Thursday.
Wendy Naughton, 47 – her friend and fellow Davidsville resident – is part of a round-robin of kidney donations involving four donors and four recipients. Naughton’s precious gift to a stranger has enabled her friend, Gennett, to receive a kidney from another donor.
The eight surgeries in the so-called buddy system are scheduled across four states Tuesday.
“I just was humbled,” Gennett said of Naughton's life-saving donation.
“Why should she risk her life? Why would you want to do this?
“It’s not like having your tooth filled. It’s painful for the donor. What kind of forth-giving, outstanding person she is.”
Gennett – who now undergoes dialysis seven days a week – suffers from polycystic kidney disease and desperately needs a transplant. The inherited disorder has rendered one of her kidneys useless, and the other is operating at only 8 percent capacity.