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Sunday, August 28, 2016

In need of a 2nd kidney transplant, she finds a donor nearby

Donna Beahn, seen here on Aug. 25, 2016 with her husband Marvin Beahn, will need a kidney transplant for the second time in her life. She undergoes surgery Aug. 31, 2016, during which her husband will donate one of his kidneys.(John Best | lehighvalleylive.com)

Trying to find an suitable donor for an organ transplant can be the ordeal of a lifetime, and some people have to go through it more than once.

Donna Beahn, of Bushkill Township, knows that too well. She received a kidney transplant in 2003 from her niece's husband. Now, 13 years later, that kidney is failing and she needs another one.

Fortunately for Beahn, she found an acceptable match not far from home -- from her husband Marvin Beahn.

The two will undergo surgery Wednesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township, with doctors transplanting one of Marvin's healthy kidneys into Donna.

In 2015, for the second time in her life, Beahn was diagnosed with complete renal failure, which means her kidneys no longer work as they should. Continue reading
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