Lafayette student receives a kidney from a stranger

The Morning Call | Bill Landaurer

Andrea Samson owes her life to a stranger.

The 20-year-old Lafayette College student was suffering from kidney failure until a kind-hearted person offered her a healthy organ. The anonymous donor, a woman from Pennsylvania, read about Andrea's need in a January story in The Morning Call. This summer she allowed doctors to remove one of her kidneys and transplant it in Samson.

Samson says she's feeling better and is attending fall classes. Her family in Berkeley Heights, N.J., once so guarded about their daughter's privacy they considered omitting her name from posters and ads aimed at potential donors, are marveling at the generosity of someone they never met.

"I can't believe there are people who are willing to give their organs to help someone they don't know," said Juliette Samson, Andrea's mother. "It is the most beautiful, generous thing you can ever do. Continue reading