Teenage Receives Long-Waited Kidney For Transplant
A St. Mary’s Respiratory Therapist has been inducted into the Tenet Hero’s 2018 Hall of Fame, the companies highest honor for colleagues after donating her kidney to a teenager in Tucson.
Michelle Hanzie has donated her kidney to Robin Schrader, who was 15 years old at the time. Schrader was diagnosed with kidney failure following a routine sports physical.
Hanzie soon learn of Schrader’s need for a Kidney during a family cooking day, following a short amount of research, Hanzie asked to be included as a potential donor.
Schrader expressed her pleasure when she received the call saying that she was a match, she said: “I was going to be on dialysis forever, and Michelle didn’t even think twice about helping me get back to living a normal life.”
Hanzie was asked why she wanted to help, she said: “It is just something that anyone would do. If there was a chance that she would be fit and healthy with my kidney, I would always do it. I am not a hero, I am just a normal human being doing what any normal human would do.”
The two women were finally reunited at the Hall of Fame ceremony, where there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the story was retold.
Schrader is now 18 years old and fully enjoying life to its fullest potential, she is healthy.
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