Living Kidney Donors Recognized at Special Ceremony

NBC SAN DIEGO | Ashley Matthews

Thirty-four San Diegans were honored by Sharp Memorial Hospital for donating their kidneys in 2017. NBC 7's Ashley Matthews reports.

Living Kidney Donors Recognized at Special Ceremony
Celebrating the gift of life and the importance of organ donation was the focus of a special ceremony Thursday night.

Thirty-four San Diegans were honored by Sharp Memorial Hospital for donating their kidneys in 2017.

In many instances, the donors didn't even know the person on the receiving end.

Olivia Sanitllan and her daughter Carolina Aceves have always had a special bond.

It grew even stronger when a couple of years ago Sanitllan was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that targeted her kidney.

Aceves and her siblings were tested. Unfortunately, they weren't a match.

There was, however, still another option.

Aceves joined the living donor registry in honor of her mom.

"Thankfully she was able to get a kidney. And in turn, I donated my kidney to somebody else in the registry," said Aceves. Continue reading


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