Granddaughter rings in new year by donating kidney to grandmother

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(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) – The gift of giving continues past the holiday season even during the pandemic as one family is ringing in the new year after a successful kidney transplant.

Our affiliate station WJET/WFXP went over to UPMC Hamot hospital for more on one family members decision to donate her kidney.

It’s a decision Amanda Kahm, a resident from Charlotte, North Carolina, did not think twice about.

Kahm knew that her grandmother has always had an impact on her and wanted to make sure that she could do just that in return.

“She is a very special person. I love her to death,” said Ann, who is receiving a kidney at UPMC Hamot.

It’s the perfect match for Ann, a resident from Great Valley, New York.

After starting kidney dialysis during the summer, her granddaughter from Charlotte wanted to step in to help.

“Obviously a lot of tears of joy overfilled with happy tears and being able to help her. All of our family has been very supportive,” said Kahm.

Both Ann and her granddaughter Amanda are recovering on the same post-surgery floor at UPMC Hamot.

Amanda said that donating her kidney is something she did not think twice about, especially since her grandma has always been there for her.

“It’s awesome to be honest. She’s been there for me my whole life. I am glad to be here for her during this time,” said Kahm.

This year alone, UPMC Hamot has completed nearly 20 transplants.

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