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Unexpected donor gives woman kidney

Carolyn Difabrizio, 51, had been diagnosed with Stage 5 kidney disease and was desperate for a kidney donor when an unexpected person gave her the ultimate gift.

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Arizona man finally meets kidney donor who saved his life

When Frank Pompa went into kidney failure in 2019, his sister, Joely Sanders, wanted to donate but wasn’t a match. She still wanted to help, and ended up donating her kidney to another man in Illinois. That man’s wife donated her kidney to Frank. In January, the four met in person for the first time.

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‘A true Christmas miracle’

A nearly 8-hour surgery at the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Center on Dec. 20 was a success for both 14-year-old Turlock Christian student Jaxon Shaneyfelt and his kidney donor, 40-year-old Sarah Best. For nearly a year, Shaneyfelt battled juvenile nephronophthisis. Following the successful transplant, his kidneys are back to normal function.

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Gift of life: A family trip leads to a life-saving kidney transplant

A year ago, a remarkable story of love, sacrifice and family was approaching its culmination at UCLA Medical Center. Nanette Zumwalt, who had been battling polycystic kidney disease, was preparing to undergo a life-changing kidney transplant. Her journey to that point was not straightforward; it took an unforeseen path of fate, love and generosity.

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Norwalk restaurant owner gets life-saving kidney transplant

The owner of a popular restaurant in Norwalk has a second chance at life. Andrew Sayasane, owner of Winn’s Pizza in Norwalk, started looking for a life-saving kidney donor in July. In October, he got the call that his friend’s fiancee was a perfect match.

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She needed a kidney donor. She found one in the comments of her TikTok.

Nearly a year after her kidneys went into failure, Katie Hallum posted a TikTok. “POV: I overhear you say you have an O blood type and healthy kidneys,” the caption read. Then, Hallum lip-synced a line from “The Mandalorian”: “You have something I want.” The TikTok appeared on Savannah Stallbaumer’s feed. She wanted to help.

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