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An Aunt’s Loving Gift Means New Life for Girl

Yatska
Kidney Recipient
Puerto Rico
Following her lifesaving kidney transplant, Yatska became a volunteer for LifeLink of Puerto Rico.

Yatska, a beautiful red-haired baby, was born with a condition called Bardet-Biedl syndrome. It affected her sight and hearing, as well as her vital organs.

She was stable for a while, but after a long day in the park with her family, she felt tired and was taken to the doctor. By the end of the week, she was diagnosed with severe kidney failure. So at age 5, Yatska went on dialysis. Her mother and father were tested to see if they could donate a kidney, but neither was compatible with her. However, her aunt proved to be a match.  In 2003 she received a living kidney transplant from her aunt.

Years later, Yatska continues to thrive. She still has Bardet–Biedl syndrome, but she lives a normal life. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her twin sisters, Onelis and Wilnelis. Yatska is also a volunteer for LifeLink of Puerto Rico.

Yatska's story is courtesy of LifeLink of Puerto Rico, Guaynabo, PR.

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