Sioux City woman donates kidney to co-worker

Sioux City Journal | Dolly A. Butz

Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal Tiffney Burns, who gave her kidney to a co-worker, works at Hy-Vee Mainstreet in Sioux City as a pharmacy technician.

CITY | As an oxygen mask was placed over her nose and mouth at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Tiffney Burns heard a familiar laugh from down the hallway.

It was the woman to whom she would be giving her left kidney that May day in 2014. She felt a sense of calmness come over her. She was convinced she was doing the right thing.

Since she was a little girl, Burns, 26, said she knew she wanted to help others.

The Sioux City woman volunteered at the Siouxland Chapter of the American Red Cross for several years, cleaning, sorting and teaching swimming lessons and first aid and CPR classes.

Burns met the woman who would receive her left kidney at the Hamilton Boulevard Hy-Vee store where they both worked in the pharmacy. Burns now works at Hy-Vee Mainstreet as a pharmacy technician. Continue reading