Daughter Saves Mom’s Life, Donates Kidney In Union County


The Union County mother, daughter duo are celebrating the life-saving transplant at their family-run Dairy Queen on Thursday.

PLAINFIELD, NJ — It was just about 15 years ago to the day when Scotch Plains local Donna Albanese-DeMair donated a kidney to her mother Adele Albanese, formerly of Cranford and saved her life.

It all began in 2002 when Adele, who at the time was 70 years old, started feeling tired all the time. She went to the doctor where she found out her kidney was not working properly and she needed a transplant.

She was placed on a transplant list, but that didn’t last long. Donna was a match and stepped up right away. But Adele would not take her daughter’s kidney.

“Donna said to me, ‘Ma. You are 70 years old. How long are you going to wait for a kidney?’ ” Adele told Patch.

“I told her, 'I don’t care I am not taking your kidney. You have two kids and what would your husband say?' ” Adele said.

Donna then gave Adele the perfect response to her worries. Continue reading

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