'I’m just grateful:' Kidney recipient attends memorial for teen donor

Crowd files in for Emily Ramm's memorial service.
NBC 16 KMTR | Gabe Cohen

POULSBO, Wash. - Emily Ramm gave many gifts in her life, but the recipient of her kindest act surprised everyone Saturday.

Daniel Mendoza, A US Army Veteran, is still recovering after receiving Emily Ramm’s kidney.

His doctors believe he became sick because he was exposed to a lot of toxic fumes and chemicals. He waited more than four years for a kidney.

Mendoza moves slowly, and can’t touch others for fear of infection, but he was all smiles as he stood with Emily’s family after her heart wrenching celebration of life Saturday.

“I wasn’t going to come, but at the last minute this morning I was like, you know what, I’m sure they’d appreciate if it went,” he said. “It was touching. It kind of grounded me there.” Continue reading

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