Medical case manager donates her kidney to save coworker’s life

After a former kidney transplant failed, a man now needs another kidney.

Medical case manager donates her kidney to save coworker’s life

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Many of us would give the shirt off our back for a coworker in need, but how about a vital organ?

Tanya Tidwell, a case manager at North Alabama Spine and Rehab, is doing just that.

“They really did not think I would be a good candidate to do it since I already had open heart surgery,” Tidwell said.

Tidwell is now choosing to undergo yet another surgery, just to help out her co-worker, Adrian Romero.

Romero is an X-ray technician at North Alabama Spine and Rehab.

He had a kidney transplant from his dad when he was younger, but in January he got the flu, and his kidney started failing.

“I’m on dialysis, so I have to you know find a donor and other donors didn’t match. Tanya’s the one that was a really good match,” Romero said.

Tidwell and Romero have only worked together for a little over a year. Tidwell says her son is the same age as Romero, and says she couldn’t just sit back and watch.

“I’m a mom, and I think about his mom and what she goes through seeing her son in so much pain and going through that. So that made me want to do it, because I would hope that if I couldn’t save my own child, someone would step up and save him,” Tidwell said.

Romero says he can never pay Tidwell back for what she’s doing for him. He says this will allow him to get back to living a normal life.

“What I’m looking forward to is drinking plenty of water. I miss drinking a lot of fluids. There’s a fluid restriction, so in the back of my head when I drink, I have to tell myself you know let’s calm it down,” Romero said.

Tidwell says this isn’t a big deal for her at all.

“It’s just something that tugged at my heart and I felt like I should do,” Tidwell said.

As Romero sees it, Tidwell is saving his life.

“I love her for doing this, I can never pay her back. Like I said, she saved my life," Romero said.

Tidwell and Romero will get prepped for the transplant on Dec. 5. They’ll go through with the procedure on Dec. 6.

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