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Friday, September 16, 2016

‘I have a second chance at life’ says kidney donor recipient

HAMILTON SPECTATOR | Kelly Noseworthy
Barry Gray,The Hamilton Spectator
Dr. Azim Gangji, left, transplant nephrologist at St. Joseph's Healthcare led the team that helped Cassy St. Pierre, right, get a new kidney
A few days after celebrating her 30th birthday, Cassondra"Cassy" St. Pierre got her long-awaited, life-changing gift — a new kidney.

"I have a new lease on life, a second chance at life," she said with arms spread wide and toward the sky. "That phone call was a miracle. I was in shock … I was crying … I thought it would never come."

Cassy's story begins much earlier. At 16 she had her first transplant after going into kidney failure. Her father was a match and donated one of his kidneys.

At age 23, she went into kidney failure again, forcing her onto dialysis. Cassy, a part-time, long-term care nurse living with her parents, spent the next several years administering her own dialysis. The exhaustive procedure sapped her energy and prevented her from working full-time.

"There were times I would feel on the brink of just a total breakdown," she said. Continue reading
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