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Kidneys cross ocean to save isle patient

  • COURTESY THE QUEEN’S MEDICAL CENTER

    Nurse Elizabeth Lehman recuperates after one of her kidneys was removed for a transplant procedure.

  • COURTESY THE QUEEN’S MEDICAL CENTER

    “I saw the struggle she was going through as a mom and I just wanted her to have the same chance as everybody else to spend quality time with her kids and her family. The dialysis is what was saving her, basically. I thought that was a poor quality of life for somebody her age.”

    Elizabeth Lehman

    Nurse and kidney donor, shown with transplant patient Cherish Matautia at Queen’s Medical Center

When Elizabeth Lehman, a nurse working in a Honolulu pediatrician’s office, found out that the mother of two of her young patients desperately needed a kidney transplant, she started researching organ donations and eventually offered one of her own. Read more

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