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A chance to live’: Single mom of 5 shares profound impact of organ donation – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 22, 201991 Views

Cree board of health encouraging more Cree to consider donating an organ

Nov 22, 2019

Colleen Atsynia was in her mid-40’s when kidney disease forced her to leave her job, her family and her northern Quebec community of Wemindji for dialysis treatment in Montreal.

“When you first find out you need a transplant, to me it felt like, ‘OK, that’s it. I’m done. I’m just going to die,'” said Atsynia, who is a single mom to five children, ranging in age from four to 21.

But then in May 2018, someone she doesn’t know gave it all back to her by donating a kidney.

“I was extremely happy because I knew I was going to finally come home, said Atsynia. “My kids were happy … they were really happy.”

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