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Health Matters: Transplant Goes Well

By Jim Garrot

Health Matters: Transplant Goes Well

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:44 PM CDT

An update now on two young women who are recovering from a kidney transplant.

Crystal Thornton and Kasee Eggers have some more catching up to do. They are best friends and now even share something else.

Eggers' kidneys failed when she was a child... and when her first kidney transplant failed... her 27-year-old friend decided to donate one of her kidneys to her.

Recently the two underwent extensive testing in preparation for the transplant.

The successful surgery left Thornton with one less organ... but gave her best friend a new lease on life.

Eggers said, "I'm doing wonderful. I'm not as tired and I can actually go a whole day without taking a nap."

Thornton added, "It's a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. Much much easier. I was really worried about recuperating and losing this one kidney but all of it was very overrated. The actual process of recovery was easy."

The experience of the surgery and her improvement in her life has left Eggers' grasping for a way to thank her friend for the sacrifice she made.

"I tell her that I love her. I think it's amazing that she was even in the beginning considering it and then to follow through and it's just incredible."

But Thornton says just seeing her friend feel better is thanks enough.

"It's great to see her eat whatever she wants. I've been with her for a week and a half and she hasn't had to go to dialysis once where before she was having to go to dialysis three times a week for five hours. So that's the main reason I would do it again."

"It's just an incredible feeling that she loves me that much and wants me to have a life for me to share with her."

Both women say they hope others are inspired to consider organ donation.

"If you can take four weeks off of work, consider giving an organ because there are so many people out there who have to live their lives on dialysis or are going to die because they don't have that organ."

"Think about the people that you love and the freedom that you have a normal basis. And you can be just fine with just one kidney."

Even though the were friends before this experience, the two women say they now share a new bond... that will keep them even closer together.

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