‘Gift of Life’

INTER MOUNTAIN | Beth Henry-Vance

ELKINS — A surprise celebration earlier this month marked a special anniversary for a local woman who received the gift of life.

Carol Mallow, of Crystal Springs, had been diagnosed with non-alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver and was told she needed a liver transplant from a live donor. She was weeks away from death at the time of her surgery on Sept. 8, 2016, when a transplant saved her life. The donor was Linda Langley Kelley, of Elkins, who heard through a mutual friend that Mallow needed an organ donation.

The mutual friend, Debbie Jones of Elkins, arranged a surprise party in Elkins City Park recently to celebrate Mallow’s successful recovery thanks to Kelley’s unselfish act. Jones made food for the picnic and invited family, friends and former classmates, managing to keep it a surprise somehow. Continue reading

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