Tiffin native gives kidney to woman seeking transplant


PHOTO SUBMITTED Patty Gosche, (left) visits Rachel Drees, to whom she gave a kidney.
A former Tiffin resident gave the ultimate gift in the form of a kidney this past November to someone she had only met a handful of times.

It was through the Mount Orab Church of Christ in the village of Mount Orab that Patty Gosche met Rachel Drees and learned about her need of a kidney. Drees, who had gone through 13 kidney dialysis treatments since 2015, had been through many donors who were not matches or who had to back out.

Gosche, who works as an administrative assistant at the church she and Drees attend, heard about Drees’ situation and began praying about whether she could be a donor for Drees.

“I have always been a donor advocate,” Gosche said.

With Drees’ health declining – her kidney function was at 10 percent and, without a new kidney and relying on dialysis, Drees’ doctors told the 31-year-old she had 10 years to live – Gosche said she decided through God’s guidance she would undergo the testing to determine if she was a match. Continue reading