Nurse lives with one kidney and zero regrets

Merri Lazenby is perfectly content living with one kidney, particularly since her other kidney provided another person the chance to live.

A year-and-a-half ago, Lazenby donated her kidney to Ray Andrade, who suffered from diabetes and had been on the waiting list for a kidney for about a year-and-a-half. Lazenby and Andrade both worked at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva, Ill. as a nurse and a security guard, respectively. One day Lazenby overheard other nurses talking about the Andrade’s dilemma, and when she found she was a match, she offered to donate.

Today, both are living healthy lives, and Lazenby says she has no regrets about her decision and is unconcerned about the health risks. In fact, she was one of 10 featured runners in last year’s Chicago Marathon, which she ran with no health complications.

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One Response to Nurse lives with one kidney and zero regrets

  1. Jana Gardner

    I have been a cardiac intensive care nurse for 21 years. I also have Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. My best friend Nancy Leal, who is also a Registered Nurse, gave me one of her kidneys 3 years ago. We both are in Good Health and practicing in our careers full time. Nancy always tells me she would do it again, even knowing all risks involved. Her gift has given me a second chance at a normal life! I know she will be blessed tremendously for her gift to me. She is an incredible inspiration and has helped me increase the awareness for organ donation!!

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