Sylvia Valdez, Kidney Transplant Recipient, 2010
It was the summer of 2006 when Sylvia Valdez noticed a difference in her daily routine. She felt overly tired, and completing daily activities would leave her exhausted. After a visit to her doctor, she found out her kidney was failing and functioning at only 15 percent.
“I was afraid to die. My family needed me,” Sylvia said.
She began dialysis right away, getting treatment three times a week, knowing she’d eventually need a kidney transplant. A few years later, three of Sylvia’s daughters were tested to become a living kidney donor and every single one was a perfect match. It was her daughter Elizabeth who decided she would be her mother’s kidney donor.
On April 7, 2010, Sylvia received her daughter’s kidney in a successful transplantation.
“Today, I am healthy, full of energy, loving my family and seeing my 14 grandchildren grow,” Sylvia said. “My transplant has allowed me to continue with our yearly Christmas traditions of tamales, cookies (ojarascas) and hot chocolate (champurado).”