The Grand Island Independent | Harold ReutterPeople who gathered at Monday’s Donor Remembrance Ceremony at CHI Health St. Francis heard first-hand what the “gift of life” has meant to two people, Rory Thorpe and Susan Beaty, who each received kidney transplants.
Rory’s story was told by her mother, Amanda Gillham, who told how her daughter first became sick when she was a very young child. That illness affected her kidneys. But Rory seemed to regain full health; her kidneys also seemed to be perfectly healthy. However, Rory became ill again and the second time, she had to go on dialysis permanently. Amanda said Rory was also having problems with other organs as doctors searched for a correct diagnosis. Doctors at eventually discovered that Rory had atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome or a HUS. Continue reading
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