ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque-area woman who’s been battling kidney disease for years was floored when a co-worker offered to be a donor. It turned out the women weren’t a match, but they’re taking an unusual path to secure a kidney transplant.
Kim Strain has an inherited disorder that clauses clusters of cysts to develop in her kidneys. She’s been undergoing dialysis for several years.
When her co-worker Crystal Johnson found out, she offered to be a donor.
“I’ve had a couple of other people mention they wanted to do so, but they didn’t really follow through,” Strain said.
“My thought is just, if I have two kidneys that are perfectly healthy and I only need one, why would I not give one to save somebody else’s life?” Johnson said.
The women underwent testing last November and discovered they weren’t a match.
Now they’re planning on using a paired kidney transplant program, where Johnson will donate a kidney in Strain’s name. Strain will receive a kidney from another donor in the same situation.
Strain has already been accepted into the program.
Johnson, a full-time cosmetology student who also tends bar, will travel to Phoenix at the end of the month for testing. She set up a fundraising page to pay for her expenses.