Waynesburg woman with cystic fibrosis gets fourth transplant surgery

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE | Sean D Hamill

In the last seven years, Morgan Yoney has had two double-lung transplants and a liver transplant from deceased donors to help her deal with the cystic fibrosis that has wracked her body since she was born.

But Tuesday, the 23-year-old Waynesburg woman — whose “Morgan’s Army” support team has raised awareness of her plight and organ donation over the last year as she awaited her second life-saving lung transplant — got a kidney transplant from a closer source: Her mother.

“I know [people] say you’d do anything for your child,” Ms. Yoney said during a press conference Friday morning at UPMC Montefiore. “And I know she really would do anything for me.”

The kidney transplant came seven months after Ms. Yoney’s second double-lung transplant saved her life in December following a social media campaign offering her support and encouraging people to sign up as organ donors. The Facebook page for Morgan’s Army has 23,000 “Likes” and is followed daily by hundreds of people checking in on updates of her condition — and now her mother’s. Continue reading 

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