Once strangers, 2 Duke Energy colleagues bond over kidney transplant

THE CINCINNATI INQUIRER | Keith Biery Golic

Jerry Kurdilla recovers from complications after donating a kidney last year.(Photo: Provided/Jerri Kurdilla)
Kidney donor: ‘Am I dying?’

There was a tube down her throat and another one up her nose.

Doctors strapped her down, they said, so she wouldn’t rip them out.

She felt like she was drowning.

Almost a month before, Jerri Kurdila had donated one of her kidneys to a stranger. The Trenton resident was released from the hospital, but threw up 14 times in a little more than a day when she got home.

Back at the hospital, doctors eventually forced Kurdila into a coma after her she developed an infection, her lung collapsed and she got pneumonia. Friends and family had to wear hospital gowns and masks to visit.

When she woke up, she couldn’t talk. She also couldn't drink.

Her husband Mike brought in an orange pop, her favorite kind. She wrote him a note, asking for a sip, even though she knew she couldn't.

Later, she wrote him another note:

“Am I dying?”

Her husband looked at the note and then back at her. Continue reading


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