Mother Darvece Monson received kidney from child killed in Chicago shooting

ROLLING OUT | Eddie "Precise" Lemarre
Darvece Monson and her daughter Surrey – Photo courtesy of Darvece Monson
Takiya Holmes, 11, is not here to celebrate Mother’s Day with her mom Naieekia Williams because of a stray bullet that took her life earlier this year in February. Takiya was sitting in the back of her family’s van while Antwan C. Carter allegedly saw rival gang members selling weed in his neighborhood and decided to shoot at them. Carter, however, did not hit his target. He struck Takiya in the temple and yet another child is lost to the violence that has been running rampant in Chicago.

These stories are much too prevalent in Black communities and any number of marches and demonstrations do not quell the unrest that bubbles underneath the sounds of sirens and screams. People are fighting to survive and find a life worth living. In her death, Takiya has managed to spark life in the most unselfish way. As a result of her death, seven of Takiya’s organs were donated to six people, including a relative who received one of her kidneys.

We spoke to Darvece Monson, the recipient of one of Takiya’s most precious gifts.

How long have you been waiting for a donor?

My entire battle with CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) to transplant was 21 months. I was diagnosed around this time in 2015 during Mother’s Day weekend. March of the following year is when I joined the list to register for a kidney transplant. This happened on World Kidney Day of 2016. Continue reading
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