Steve Sennott and his wife Jackie share more than a love of the outdoors; they also share a set of kidneys.
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In 2004, Jackie gave Steve one of her kidneys.
“I was being hospitalized for two or three weeks at a time,” Steve said.
He had a genetic condition that was progressively getting worse.
“I was very sick. They told me that I was going to have to go on dialysis.”
Jackie was sick of beating around the bush; she said they should look into a transplant.
“It’s very difficult to watch someone you really care about go through this,” she said. Her first inclination was to ask what she could do to help.
It turned out that Jackie was a blood match for Steve and the couple’s live kidney donation was a success.
Their blood match was a blessing. There are more than 100,000 people waiting for a kidney donation, according to the National Kidney Foundation. The average wait for a kidney is about 3.6 years – and someone is added to the list every 13 minutes. What’s more: these statistics only cover America.
“I’ve been able to witness the birth of two grandchildren and the marriage of both my kids,” Steve said. “These are things that I would have certainly missed.”
Now it’s all about spending time with family and in nature – the couple’s passions.
“We’ve gone to most of the national parks in the country and hiked through them, and they’re beautiful to see,” Jackie said. “But to have him to share it with makes it even more special.”
As with most organ donor recipients, Steve doesn’t take a day for granted.
“I’ll be driving down the street and notice a sunset, whereas I wouldn’t have before,” he said. “You get a new perspective.”
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