Iowa Woman Tells Story of Living Liver Donation on Two Year Anniversary

Two years ago, on April 12th, Kristen Hovey was laying in a Texas hospital bed getting ready to donate a part of her liver to a young man she barely knew.

A young man named Isaac Hernandez who needed a living liver donation 

The road to that hospital bed was paved with the pain of loss as her long time friend Judy Wilson lost her son to an illness that could not be fought.

Living liver donor transplants are not done in the state of Iowa, so Hovey applied to be a living liver donor in Nebraska Medicine to see the process.

A process that led to more questions as Hovey found out there was not a national registry. She says she joined groups on Facebook and that’s where she found Isaac’s mother, searching for someone to help her son.

Hovey made the decision to see if she would be a match for Isaac. She underwent a week of testing that included mental and physical screenings. 

“Isaac’s mom and dad and other people wanted to donate but they weren’t a match,” she said. “After one week’s worth of testing a perfect stranger from Iowa was a perfect match.”

Kristen says there were a lot of moments like that along her way that just made her feel this was meant to be. God moments she calls them.

Once out of surgery the roles reversed and Kristen says she felt the weight of losing a large portion of her liver, while Isaac was standing ten feet tall, finally able to have the strength of a young man his age.

Both Kristen and Isaac are fully healed and have teamed up to share their message through a Christian children’s book, a website and by being a light for others who are going down the same road.

For more information www.lillambsofjesus.org

 

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