SAN ANTONIO — A Texas woman has finally found a match after being on a waiting list for a kidney for more than 11 years. The donation for his transplant came from an unlikely place.
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Cecilia Canizanes developed a friendship with Sophia Parrish, manager of the Bill Miller Bar-BQ in San Antonio, KSAT reported. Their acquaintance began after Parrish asked why Canizanes only wanted a small amount of water with his order. This led to a kidney transplant which helped save Canizanes’ life.
“Canizanes starts talking, ‘Hello ma’am, how are you?’ And we love it, completely and completely clicked,” Parrish told the TV station.
Parrish learned of Canizanes’ medical condition and was also attracted to the woman because she reminded him of a favorite aunt, according to KSAT.
The restaurant manager decided to see if she was a match for Canizanes, who had given out dozens of donor cards over the years asking friends, family and strangers for help.
“I do anything, anything to help anyone. And if I am able to help someone, then I will. And that’s what I did,” Parrish said. KSAT. “And I said, at least I can do is at least see if I’m a match.”
To Parrish’s surprise, she was compatible. She decided to donate one of her kidneys.
“It’s in our nature to help people, because if you can’t help people then why are we here?” Parrish told the TV station. “You know, we have to help each other as much as possible.”
Both women have responded well to surgery and are on the road to recovery.
Michelle Segovia, director of communications for the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance, says this year has been successful in getting more people to become registered donors.
“They have the potential to save up to eight lives through (one) organ donation,” she said. KSAT.
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