Families get together to celebrate new kidneys at Crozer

Delco Times | Rick Kauffman

Terri Barrett smiles as she sits with family and doctors alike Wednesday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center just days after receiving a new kidney. RICK KAUFFMAN − DAILY TIMES

CHESTER >> Two strangers joined under strikingly similar circumstances Thanksgiving Eve to celebrate a joyous occasion alongside loved ones and the miracle workers that made the feast a possibility.

Terri Barrett and Larry Lawrence had never met before their families shared a bountiful spread Wednesday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, but having both become recipients of kidney transplants the previous Saturday, they had much to be thankful.

We have always been a faith-going family and we believed,” Lawrence said, born and raised near Altanta, Ga. before moving to Philadelphia, he currently lives in the Eastwick section. “I think receiving a kidney is about believing and having faith that good things will happen.”

It was the Friday before Thanksgiving that the two received similar phone calls: two separate kidneys that matched the two recipients. They were instructed not to eat or drink and to prepare for potential surgery. Continue reading