Saturday, December 26, 2015

Hero boyfriend gives girlfriend his kidney for Christmas

New York Post

Raquel Gomez and her selfless boyfriend, Bairon Garzon, get ready for their shared surgery in October.

For Christmas, Bairon Garzon gave his girlfriend his heart — and his kidney, too.

Raquel Gomez, 27, was born with Alport syndrome, a genetic disorder that can cause kidney disease. About two years ago, she began to feel sick and run-down.

In September 2014, Gomez began requiring dialysis, connecting herself every night to a machine through a tube in her stomach for 10 hours. Since she had to be plugged into her dialysis machine by 9 p.m. each night, it put a damper on her social life with her boyfriend of six years, Garzon, 29.

The couple from Woodside, Queens, could no longer travel, one of their favorite pastimes. Gomez would be constantly exhausted after the nightly treatment.

The uncertain future didn’t scare Garzon: He proposed to his girlfriend on Christmas Day last year. But they knew the only way to a normal life was a new kidney. Continue reading


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