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Florissant teen receives kidney, family members plan to give to strangers

by Mark Schnyder

KMOV.com

Posted on April 27, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 27 at 7:45 PM

There's an incredible pay-it-forward chain in the making.  It's happening across the country and one is coming out of Florissant.

19-year old Melissa Clynes needed and received her second kidney transplant in three years.  Her mother gave her one the first time.  No other family members were a match this time.  Despite incredible odds, four strangers in Chicago said they were willing to donate one of their kidneys to whoever needed it.  Would you believe a 22-year old woman was a match for Melissa?

Her family is so grateful, Melissa's older sister, Sarah and her father, Mike are each planning on donating one of their kidneys to strangers in need.  Wow.

Melissa looks forward to restarting her freshman year of college at Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois as well as take up golf and go out with friends... things she was too sick to do just a month ago.

For more on the Pay it Forward movement, here are some links.

http://www.loyolamedicine.org/Medical_Services/Services_A-Z/Kidney_Transplantation/Pay-It-Forward-Kidney-Transplant.cfm

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4324304n

http://www.payitforwardmovement.org/media/Kidney.html

 

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