Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Organ donation: Nurse is co-worker’s kidney carrier

The Daily Item

Geisinger nurses Lisa Stevens, left, and Kelly Flowers pose for a photo. Kelly donated a kidney to Lisa. They hope their positive experience inspires others to become registered organ donors.

SCRANTON — While many in need of organ donation across the country never receive the life-saving treatment they need, one Geisinger nurse was fortunate enough to have her donor working side by side with her.

Lisa Stevens and Kelly Flowers are both nurses at the Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. Stevens had a transplant 20 years ago, and last year doctors noticed her vital signs started to change.

"I knew it would be imminent," she said of needing a new kidney. Stevens began praying for a new kidney to be found, and that’s when "people started coming forward," she said.

"I had quite a few offers," she said, but "I really wanted it to be right with not only me but the donor."

"That’s when Kelly came forward the next day and said, ‘what do I do next?’"

Flowers said she began thinking about donating after she heard of Stevens’ need. She said she thought God was pushing her towards that decision and after talking it over with her husband Flowers decided to become a donor.Flowers said she began thinking about donating after she heard of Stevens’ need. She said she thought God was pushing her towards that decision and after talking it over with her husband Flowers decided to become a donor. Continue reading

 

 

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