Southern Tier mom donates kidney to son

WBNG TV | Nick Panpantonis

ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- Patients waiting for organ donations can wait years for a transplant. Thanks to one special donor, a Southern Tier man won't be one of them.

Patrick Saunders was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease before he was even born. The disease causes cysts to form in the kidneys and is usually hereditary. Saunders' first kidney was removed at the age of two. His second has been failing since the 7th grade. It currently functions at 22 percent, just two percent higher than required for a transplant. Enter mom.

"I feel like it's a blessing to be the one who, you know, donates a kidney, especially as a mother," said Deborah Saunders. "You gave your son life and to be able to do it again, it's truly a blessing and I think any mother given the chance would do it."

The knowledge his mother would be giving him a new lease on life elated Patrick. Continue reading
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