If you could save your co-worker’s life, would you? Captain Jodi Harskamp of Alaska Airlines is doing just that by donating a kidney to Flight Attendant Jenny Stansel.
Both women are O-positive, and were a perfect match.
“Jenny is a fabulous person. I’d like to see her stick around for a long time,” said Harskamp of her colleague.
The 38-year-old Stansel has undergone seven surgeries, seven trips to the emergency room, and undergoes ten hours of dialysis every night.
Though their friendship soars in the skies, it was born on the ground four years ago when Harskamp’s home burned to the ground. Flight attendants showed up every night for weeks with dinner for her family, and Jenny was one of the first to do so.
Now Captain Harskamp is paying it forward, and giving her colleague a chance at a new life. However, no good deed goes unpunished. Harskamp will be out of work for at least eight weeks, her health may not be up to the stringent requirements pilots are held to, and will have to change her diet. Continue reading