UPDATE: A Local Woman Donates Her Kidney To A Neighbor She Never Met
CHARLOTTE, NC.– Nivea Giffin has a second chance at life, because of a stranger.
Griffen posted on Facebook about her struggle with genetic kidney disease. Something only her family and close friends knew, but none were a match. Erin Godlewski lives in the same Fort Mill neighborhood as Griffin, the women go to the same gym, and their kids go to the same school. But they never met. Godlewski saw griffin’s plea on Facebook. She got tested and found out she was a match. The women went in for surgery at Wake Forest Baptist on January 25th.
“Such a feeling of, I was just peace. I knew what I was doing, I was at the right space at the right time. And I have not second-guessed it the entire time,” says Godlewski.
Godlewski says the day was a blur. They were in surgery for more than three hours.
“I think that’s the first thing I said to my husband when I woke up, I’m like it’s done? It’s over? She has it? He’s like, yeah it’s in her.”
“When I left the hospital they didn’t want bloodwork. The kidneys working like a normal person. Like my numbers are normal,” says Griffin.
WCCB asked Griffin if this is the most incredible gift she has ever received?
“Yes. Definitely. no words. I can’t cry because it hurts.”