After losing their father last fall while he waited for a kidney transplant, two sisters each decided to donate a kidney to total strangers to make sure other families didn’t have to suffer like that. Mark Goralski passed away in September 2018 after a long battle with Crohn’s disease and kidney failure. His daughter, Bethany, was ready to donate a kidney to him, but doctors said he wasn’t healthy enough for a transplant. He had a transplant in 2011 and was doing well till 2018 when things turned quickly for the worse.
So Bethany and her sister, Hannah, decided to give the gift of life to a stranger in honor of their father. They called Northwestern Memorial Hospital and had their surgeries about a day apart, donating a kidney to someone in need they had never met.
“We just want to make sure two less families had to go through what we went through,” Bethany says. “I hope he would be really proud.” Hannah said "My dad was always giving, he was always helping others," she added. "And I thought what a great way to honor him."
"Knowing a lot of people who have been affected by organ transplant, it felt selfish to keep my kidney," she said.
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