Pittsburgh school board member becomes kidney donor for boy, 7|


It was 11 p.m. on May 17, and Ghadah Makoshi was awake and working when a message arrived from an acquaintance.

Moira Kaleida, a Pittsburgh Public Schools board member, asked if it was a good time to talk. She said she had news that couldn’t wait: She had seen Ms. Makoshi’s plea on Facebook seeking a kidney for her son, and she was a potential match.

A suitable donor for 7-year-old Laith Dougherty had yet to emerge before Ms. Kaleida revealed she been privately pursuing the process to determine if she was one. By June 2, the school director and 7-year-old were preparing for surgery. A week later, they met and compared scars.

“I thought if it were my kid, I’d want to know someone was out there trying,” Ms. Kaleida said.

“It’s shocking to me because I had only met her once or twice,” Ms. Makoshi, of Squirrel Hill, said. “It’s sacrifice to say, ‘I’m going to go through surgery and pain to make sure your kid survives.’ Most people wouldn’t do that.” Continue reading
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