A Mother’s Gift of Life: St. Catharines Standard Feature

It was supposed to be a gift of life for her son. Her left kidney. A perfect match and a chance for her 18-year-old son to get off the leash of dialysis and have the healthy life that he deserved.

But it wasn’t to be.

Three days before the transplant, David MacKinnon had a stroke. He died, June 8, 2011, on what was to be the day his mother, Michelle, would have given him a kidney.

And in that moment, under the weight of a mother’s grief, Michelle turned to David’s doctor and made a promise: “You find me a person who deserves this kidney as much as David did, and I’ll donate it.”

This Wednesday, at 8 a.m., she is set to keep that promise…

Click here to read the full article in the St. Catharines Standard by Cheryl Clock.