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Woman Shares Kidney With Baby Sitter's Daughter

Woman Shares Kidney With Baby Sitter's Daughter

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(Riverdale-AP) -- A Riverdale, Utah, woman donated a kidney to a virtual stranger, the daughter of a woman who cares for her infant.

Theresa Martin decided to give up one kidney after learning that her baby-sitter's 21-year-old daughter desperately needed a kidney, but could NOT find a match.

Martin went to L-D-S Hospital believing she never would qualify as a donor.

Martin and Veronica Rodriguez had the same blood type, but Martin is of European ancestry and Rodriguez is a Mexican immigrant.

To Martin's surprise, tests confirmed she could donate a kidney, and she did it last May.

Rodriguez says she's forever grateful -- she feels great now, doesn't get sick or tired easily. Now, she's learning better English to qualify for a driver's license.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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