'It was a miracle': Islander gets her 2nd kidney from grieving family

CBC NEWS PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND | Nancy Russell
Ann Bolger shows off a new pair of pyjamas on Mother's Day 2017, just over a week after the transplant surgery. (Ann Bolger/Facebook)
Ann Bolger has advocated for organ donation for decades, and recently, she became the recipient of a life-saving kidney donated by a grieving family.

"Even though it's been my motto for many many years, I've never experienced it in this way," said Bolger.

"That I got a phone call and somebody — the family of a 19-year-old — donated the organs."

This was Bolger's second kidney transplant. The first one, 27 years ago, was a kidney donated by her brother.

"It was a level of gratitude that I don't know that I've ever known in my life to understand that this grieving family had lost their 19-year-old and gave this gift," said Bolger.

"It's someone I will never meet, someone I will never know, that saved my life." Continue reading
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