Local mom and son celebrate World Kidney Day
BOCA RATON, FL (CBS12) —
A touching reunion after a son saves his mother's life by donating his kidney.
Thursday is World Kidney Day and now this family is dedicating themselves to raising awareness about kidney donation.
"It brought me back to life," explains Olga Hervis. "Living in dialysis is existing, not living. You are so restricted."
2 weeks after surgery, Hervis reunited with her son and is finally able to spend time with her grandchildren thanks to her son, JP.
He is also recovering after giving his mother the gift of life by donating his kidney.
"My mom is my hero," said JP. "Kids don't get to pay their parents back. I don't think I've given enough organs to her. It's a real blessing to me. It's an honor to save my mom and my hero. "
It was a long and tedious process trying to find a donor after Olga was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2015.
Her son even posted to social media asking folks to see if they were a match.
"We did have a lot of response. Finding the right match isn't an easy thing," Olga added.
JP was the last to test, because the family feared him going into surgery, being a new father with 3 children under the age of 4. Now realizing how easy and thorough the process is, JP is now encouraging others to donate.
"It was greatest point of my life. They won't let you donate if you can't handle surgery or post op," said JP.
Every 14 minutes someone is added to the transplant list and most people wait years for a donor.
JP explained most anyone can live with just one kidney, so why not donate to help save countless lives.