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Syrita and Rodney Ford

In early 2009, Syrita visited her doctor for her yearly checkup; it was far from “routine”. Although she didn’t feel sick, Syrita’s kidneys only functioned at 20%, and shortly after, she began peritoneal dialysis at home. Each night Syrita’s husband Rodney, connected her to a dialysis machine and for eight hours the machine performed the functions her kidneys could not. Syrita continued to work during the day and explored options for transplant. Rodney immediately offered to be tested as a living donor and he was a near perfect match. In March 2010, Rodney and Syrita were admitted to the hospital so that Rodney could provide his wife with a second chance at life. Fifteen hours after the transplant surgery, Rodney walked to Syrita’s room, where they embraced and started the next chapter of their lives. “I feel excellent. Being a living donor was a pleasant experience and I feel blessed to see Syrita every day.” says Rodney. Of her husband, Syrita says, “Because of him, I lived. I don’t take life for granted, but I am forever grateful to this man for giving me this beautiful life.”