Organ donor gives recipient the surprise of a lifetime

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DES MOINES – Iowa Methodist Medical Center transplant nurse Anna Boelman donated a kidney to one of her patients, Terry Slinde. On Tuesday, the pair got to meet again, but under different, and more happy, circumstances.

Anna was Terry’s nurse during his first kidney transplant in March 2018. Due to health complications, his first transplant failed and he lost his kidney. Iowa Methodist Transplant Center then relisted Terry on the National Kidney Transplant Waiting List.

In August 2018, Anna, the nurse who cared for Terry during his first transplant, felt compelled to help him and stepped forward to donate her kidney.

On Tuesday, Anna arranged for Terry to learn that she had donated a kidney to him. Terry had no idea who his kidney donor was, let alone that it was the nurse who took care of him during his first transplant.

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