A once-tight bond is now even tighter between two friends after a successful kidney transplant surgery.
Milwaukee's Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center completed their 700th kidney transplant last month between two friends, Tina Bajwa, an Aurora IT member, and Phil Hudson an Aurora finance manager.
Kidney recipient Tina Bajwa, and donor Phil Hudson, shared their touching story with sister station WISN.
Hudson told Bajwa to let him know when she needed her kidney transplant.
"I knew we could be a potential match, and I told her then... when it's time, just let us know," Hudson said to WISN.
That time came earlier this year, when Bajwa, born with a genetic disorder, needed a kidney transplant.
Bajwa explained to WISN how the two friends learned they were a match.
"He messaged me and we FaceTimed. He was like 'Guess what?' I’m a perfect match,'" Bajwa said.
After months of testing, the two arrived at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center on Aug. 26, to undergo the life-changing surgery at the same time.
The hospital's abdominal transplant medical director shares with WISN his thoughts on how to help eliminate long waitlists for kidney transplants.
"It's very safe to donate and definitely that waitlist could be eliminated on the kidney side if people came forward," Dr. Ajay Sahajpal said.
Health officials say it’s approximately a six-week recovery process for both Bajwa and Hudson.
The two are recovering smoothly after the successful surgery.
"No one has ever given me what he has given me," Bajwa said.
"He means a lot. It means a lot. It means the world."
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