Friendship is life-saving gift

Leslie Banahan, left, and Charlotte Pegues have been friends for years, but their bond grew deeper this summer when Banahan donated a kidney to her colleague.(Photo: Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications)

University of Mississippi colleagues Charlotte Pegues and Leslie Banahan discovered the depths of their friendship recently when a health crisis brought one to the rescue of the other.

Three years ago, Pegues' kidneys began to fail, eventually placing her in dire need of a transplant. Soon after hearing the news, Banahan volunteered to donate one of her own kidneys. Physicians determined the two were a match, and the successful operation was performed June 9 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

“I feel like Leslie is my sister,” said Pegues, assistant provost for academic affairs and registrar. “I want to repay her in some way, but she said this was a gift. It's a God thing!” Continue reading
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