Photo: Virginia Snow of Mount Airy said she wouldn’t be alive today if an older brother hadn’t donated a kidney to her 40 years ago. Tom Joyce / The News
Snow basically was looking death in the eye in 1972, with both kidneys close to shutting down and knowing the only thing that would save her would be a transplant. And even if a donor could be found, her life would be prolonged by only about 13 years.
But 40 years later Snow is still here, which she credits to a strong faith in God and especially to an older brother, Claude Cassell — who gave one of his kidneys to her.
“I am a miracle — the Lord has blessed me tremendously,” the great-grandmother said during an interview at her home on City View Drive in Mount Airy.
The fact that her brother would subject himself to what was a risky procedure in the early 1970s by giving up one of his kidneys was an act of love that Snow, now 66, will never stop appreciating.
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