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

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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