Grateful kidney transplant patient donates masks to VUMC
“I was really excited to have the opportunity to do something for those who had done so much for me."
Her dad needed a kidney; hers didn’t match. But through paired donation, her dad got a kidney and so did another person in need.
Her blood type was B and his was A. So they went to Plan B.
Stephanie Hays’ own body destroyed her kidneys. Luckily, her daughter had a spare.
The operation was a success; Roni’s kidney began functioning in her mom right away. “Now she’s stuck with me forever,” Roni joked.