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Donor Story

Constance and Elizabeth's Living Donor Story

Constance Clay, 63 | Mechanicsburg, PA / Recipient

I’ve had kidney disease most of my life, and over the last decade it really took a toll. I was tired, short of breath and gaining weight. We didn’t think a transplant was an option because of my health. But everything changed when I started dialysis in March 2015 and met a woman in similar condition who was receiving a transplant. That set things in motion for me from hernia repair surgery to losing weight. By January 2016, I lost 75 pounds, my health improved and, I was eligible to be on the transplant list.

Though my daughter Elizabeth wasn’t a match for me, she was determined to be a donor to help me receive a transplant.

I was worried for her, she’s a mom with young children, but I am also very thankful. 

I received my kidney in March 2016. Like Elizabeth, my donor planned to donate to a family member and when that fell through, she wanted to help someone else. Dr. Narins told me her kidney began working immediately, and I can tell you now I feel like a new woman.

A month later Elizabeth donated her kidney to a young woman they tell us had little hope of finding a match. God truly is in control of everything.

Elizabeth Murphy, 36 | Mechanicsburg PA / Donor

My mother and I frequently reflect on Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Last Spring I felt God calling me to “be available,” and soon after I left my job in October 2015, my mom became eligible for a transplant. After we learned I wasn’t a match, my husband and I felt I should continue as a donor. Four possible recipients for my kidney fell through before they found the one, and I feel that was His plan for her and for me all along.

If I could, I’d donate my kidney again every day. It’s great to see my mom full of energy and doing so well.

I can’t sing enough praises for everyone at PinnacleHealth. They are so compassionate, informative, trustworthy and thorough with their testing, communications and care. It’s been an excellent experience for my mother and for me.


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