Photo: JOHN LOCHER/LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Sharon Zink, left, hugs her sister Darlene Graham as they recall the story of Zink's kidney transplant June 25 in Graham's Henderson home. Graham donated a kidney to Zink. (enlarge to view more photos)
On March 7, 2011, during medical procedures at University Medical Center, a kidney was removed from Darlene Graham and then transplanted into her sister Sharon Zink.
"The whole thing went just the way they said it would," the 69-year-old Sharon, a retired hairdresser, recalled on a recent Saturday morning as she sat on the couch in her 56-year-old sister's Henderson home. "We had a fantastic transplant team, just awesome. It's a miracle to me that a kidney can be taken from one person to save another's life and both end up feeling great."