Peters Township friends to serve as kidney donor, recipient in organ transplant

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Harry Funk / The AlmanacSheila Coquet, left, is donating her left kidney to Kristen Johnson.
Talk about an offer she couldn’t refuse.

Still, Kristen Johnson thought about giving fellow Peters Township resident Sheila Coquet a chance to reconsider.

“I didn’t want her to think just because we were friends and we had the same blood type that she should feel obligated to donate a kidney to me,” Johnson said.

The offer stands, though, and on June 2, the two women will undergo surgery with UPMC’s kidney transplant team.

“I go in first, and alongside my operating room is her getting prepped in an OR,” Coquet said. “And after the removal of my kidney, the doctor explained, they’re by-the-second ready to put that kidney and watch it miraculously function in her.” Continue reading

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