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!!