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My name is Neica Krymuza and I am a live donor, wife, mother and grandmother. I donated a kidney to my husband, James. When both his kidneys failed suddenly, the roller coaster ride began. He was on dialysis for two years and not doing well. My husband has a rare blood type. It was discovered that my brother Brian and I had this same blood type. For the purpose of determining if we might be possible donors, we were both tested and it turned out that I was a closer match. The surgery took place in April of 1998. It was harder on me than on James. The kidney was attached in his lower stomach, near the groin area. My left kidney was the one taken out. He had a few other problems, but after surgery, the kidney worked perfectly and has for the last seven years. He, with God’s help, overcame much. Many people are able to return to work shortly after surgery but due to severe anemia, chronic fatigue and other problems, this was not so for James. Although he was on his feet within a couple of weeks, it took me three months. As far as I am concerned, I would do it again! The time off for recovery, the year to get me completely back on my feet and feeling one hundred percent, were worth the extra time God gave me with my dear husband. We will be celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary this year, 2005. I would recommend being a live donor in a minute. Some people do not experience the pain or the long rehabilitation time that I did. Each case is individual and different. There are many reasons for doing it. Whatever they are does not matter as long as you do it. Be a live donor or at least sign your driver’s donor card for, by doing so, the gift of life may be given to someone else in need.
The following is the explanation of my quilt patch: The upper right corner represents James’ two dead kidneys. The upper left represents my two good kidneys. The cross in the centre represents our faith, prayers and trust in God. The bottom two kidneys represent one for James and one for me, given and received with love. The heart represents a Bible verse that has special meaning for me.
I offer my heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses and hospital staff for all that they have done and continue to do for my husband and me. May God richly bless you and the work that you do.