Resident gets the best Christmas present ever

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While many of us will celebrate the holiday season by exchanging gifts, attending church or enjoying a meal with family, the Raspberry family of Kincardine will be counting their blessings because matriarch Paulette Raspberry received a much-needed kidney.

After six years on the waiting list for a donor kidney, Paulette had reached the point where dialysis, a treatment her daughter Jenny called “lifesaving but life limiting” was her only option.

Desperate to find a donor for her mother, Jenny began her campaign by writing the message "Our Grammy needs a new kidney!" and "Want to be a hero? Ask how to save Paulette's life" on her car windows.

A family friend, Beth Blackwell, created a webpage, www.akidneyforpaulette.com, to help spread the word.

Paulette’s story had legs, and a segment on CTV news and a story in The Kincardine Independent continued to broaden the reach of their message.

Jenny said she was in awe of the number of people who reached out to her – stopping her in parking lots and offering words of support. She says more than 20 people signed up to try to be a living organ donor.

The hard work paid off. Paulette entered London Hospital on Dec. 15, and received the kidney she so badly needed from an unknown donor. Jenny posted the update on social media, thanking everyone for their support.

"The surgery went amazing, and her new kidney is already starting to function,” said Jenny. “We got to talk to mom and she is doing great! We are so excited to have her home for Christmas! This is truly the Christmas miracle the family hoped for.”

There are currently more than 1,500 people on a waiting list for an organ in Ontario. To donate, visit www.beadonor.ca.

Tammy Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent

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