How Cori Is Rocking 1 Kidney

Cori rocks 1 kidney after donating to her stepmom!
Cori rocks 1 kidney after donating to her stepmom!

My name’s Cori Vance and I’m 23 years old. I donated my kidney to my stepmom on November 4, 2015. Our surgery took place at UnityPoint Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. My stepmom was suffering from polycystic kidney disease, which eventually led to her being added to the transplant list and starting dialysis.

I secretly got in contact with the transplant coordinator who was amazing. Once finding out I was a match I didn’t hesitate! The date was picked and set!

After surgery seeing my mom walk laps around me and her REAL smile, I’ll never forget that moment. Today she’s doing awesome and she’s a whole new person. The way I see it is my parents gave me the gift of life and I, in return had the privilege of giving my mom a different ending to her life story!

For me, I now work on the Kidney Transplant floor alongside the staff that helped me along the way to recovery. So to this day I’m honored to help educate, take care of and share my experience with others, while rocking my 1 kidney!! :)

2 Responses to “How Cori Is Rocking 1 Kidney”

  1. Helene Ochiltree

    My husband and I are headed to this hospital to get on their kidney transplant waiting list. Everyone just looks so nice and helpful and we are so hopeful that he will get a kidney soon! We are relocating from NY and know we are doing the right thing for this great guy I’m married to!!!! See you soon!!!

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  2. Janet Marz

    Cori – you are a true inspiration. Thank you for the most beautiful gift a human being could give to another. My brother-in-law Cam Ochiltree and his wife, Helene, will be driving from New York this coming weekend to the same hospital in Iowa. We pray that, before long, Cam will receive the same life-saving gift from someone as special as you. God bless you.

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