A local woman was given the gift of longer life - thanks to a "regifted" kidney.
A local woman was given the gift of longer life - thanks to a 'regifted' kidney.
It originally belonged to a 17-year-old girl, then was donated to a man in his 20s who later died in a car accident.
After almost ten years on dialysis, 70-year-old Vertis Boyce finally received the phone call that changed her life.
On July 2017, her doctor at UCLA Medical Center said they have a regifted kidney for her, meaning she would receive a previously transplanted kidney.
"If I had any qualms about it, it was quickly dissolved or forgotten," said Vertis.
So she went to California. Dr. Jeffrey Veale performed the rare surgery.
Dr. Veale, says, "There's a lot of people on dialysis, and it's an underutilized donor pool that we need to tap into."
Each year, thousands of patients are waiting for a kidney transplant. Vertis is one of less than 50 so far who has received a re-transplanted kidney.
Vertis had the chance to meet her donor's family.
"When we met it was like love at first sight. The mother felt like I was part of her family," she said.
She promised his family she will take care of herself so a part of him will live on.
Now free from dialysis, Vertis can travel anywhere, go to family gatherings, and spend more time with her granddaughter. All thanks to a rare gift.
"I never thought I was going to be around to see her grow up. It's a possibility. I will be around now," said Vertis. "It's a blessing. I have a second chance at life at 70 years old."