Donor Dad Will Walk Kid, Down The Aisle

THE BOSTON HERALD | Brian Dowling
MY HERO’: Mark Braun donated a kidney to his daughter, Danielle, 18 months ago. Now Danielle is engaged and her selfless father is looking forward to walking her down the aisle. Courtesy photo by Braun family.
When Mark Braun looks at his 29-year-old daughter, Danielle, he sees his only child. He sees his co-worker at Rhode Island Hospital. He sees the softball player he coached for years. And he sees his kidney, a gift that saved her life.

Braun, a 57-year-old from Cumberland, R.I., saw his daughter overcome medical problems since birth — recovering from an open-heart surgery, one non-working kidney and other complications that had doctors warning him of the dire chances she’d survive.

Decades later in 2015, Danielle was quickly losing kidney function and facing a future on dialysis. Then she got a call that changed her and her father’s lives. Doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said her dad’s kidney was a match for the much-needed transplant that could turn her life around.

“It was a no-brainer. I would give my life,” Mark Braun told the Herald yesterday.

“It was very easy once I found out I was a match. She’s our only child, 29 now. The best 29 years of my life.”

Danielle Braun said her father offered up his kidney immediately. Continue reading
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