Woman's surprise organ donation saves her friend's life

WJAC | Jillian Hartman

EBENSBURG - A Cambria County man in desperate need of a kidney held on to hope and his prayers were finally answered.

Jeff Skidmore, 39, from Ebensburg got an organ from a living donor but the surprise identity of the person who stepped up to save his life wasn’t who he was expecting.

Since the fall of 2011, Skidmore relied on dialysis knowing his kidneys were failing.

"I was doing dialysis three days a week and still just trying to work. It was very tiring," Skidmore said.

While pushing through the pain, Skidmore kept up with his gigs as a karaoke DJ.

"I kept doing my shows, I was doing gigs every night and it was excruciating," Skidmore said.

In February 2015, he was placed on the transplant list and then took to social media in hopes of finding anyone willing to be a donor. Continue reading

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