Marlboro Teen Talks about Her Dad's Kidney Transplant

MARLBORO PATCH | Carly Baldwin

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Marlboro Township, NJ - Growing up, Varsha Garla's father never had that much energy.

This Burlington Drive, Marlboro Township father of two was in chronic kidney failure, and required dialysis three times a week to keep him alive.

"After being hooked up to a machine for hours, he would always come home from the dialysis center weak and exhausted," Garla, 17, and senior at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, said. "He didn't even have the energy to sit at the dinner table with us. All he could do was go to his room and sleep."

Srinivas Garla's kidneys had started to fail when his daughter was very young, so for most of her childhood she only knew her father, an IT manager, as a frail, sickly man. He was on a transplant list for years, but his body actually rejected several donated organs. Then, when Varsha was in 4th grade at Defino Central, the family got a phone call: A young New Jersey woman had died in a car accident, when she was only in high school. And her kidney was a match. Continue reading 
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