Colorado woman will donate kidney to ex-mother-in-law
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – When Julie Kochevar got a divorce, she remained close to her ex-mother-in-law – close enough to donate a kidney to her.
The 44-year-old Grand Junction woman will give 66-year-old Wanda Elsberry a kidney in an operation scheduled for late October in Denver.
Elsberry has kidney disease prompted by diabetes and high blood pressure. Without a replacement kidney, she would have to start dialysis treatments soon.
Elsberry says the waiting list for a kidney is four to five years in Colorado, and other family members who offered her an organ were not a match.
Kochevar then stepped up, and tests showed she was a good donor.
Elsberry says, “How do you tell someone thank you for that?”
Kochevar says that “pay-it-forward thing” is important to her.
Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com