A Crosslake woman featured in an April 18 column is undergoing a kidney transplant Thursday -- a gift of life given to her by her mother.
Wendy Felber, 27, Crosslake, barely remembers not having diabetes, a disease she's had to manage since she was 6. Her kidneys began to fail six years ago as a result of her diabetes. Last spring she had to start dialysis treatments three times a week at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Her mother, Patty Felber, was a match, so she is donating one of her kidneys to her daughter, a transplant that will take place Thursday at the University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital. Both mother and daughter have one more medical test to take today to make sure the transplant can take place.
"I don't think it's quite hit me yet," said Felber. "I think when the day gets here I'll be nervous and excited at the same time."
Felber's friends gave a benefit for her April 28 to help raise money for her medical expenses. They raised $13,000.
"I couldn't believe how many people showed up," said Felber. "It was amazing."
After her kidney transplant, Felber will be placed on a waiting list for a pancreas, another transplant that will likely take place between the next month to six months, she said. Once she receives the new pancreas, Felber will no longer have diabetes.
What does life have in store for her after both transplants? She doesn't know yet, but can't wait to find out.
"I have lots of big plans to do things I haven't really done yet," she said. "I want to do things for myself and not have people have to worry about me so much."
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