North Country Residents Recover After Kidney Transplant


It is 250 miles from Scott Kron's house in Hammond to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.

The hospital isn't much closer to Vangie Yelton's home in Lyons Falls.

But they didn't belong anywhere else on this day.

What started on Facebook months ago, a plea from Scott for somebody to donate their kidney to him, ended there.

Vangie was the answer Scott was looking for.

"Once I made the Facebook page and then I see you guys doing the stories on other's sicknesses in the area and then I sent that email and I got the reply back, I saw that little glimmer of light and it just got bigger and bigger from October 31st until now," said Scott.

And for Vangie, a student at Herkimer Community College, the giving was just as important as the receiving.

"I believe that this story was brought to me. I believe that I was instantly convicted when I read the story. I knew I was supposed to do it, I knew I was his match," said Vangie.

The morning began with vitals being taken.

Vangie went in around 7 in the morning.

About three hours later, her job was done.

All that was left to do was wait as doctors worked to put into Scott what had just been taken out of Vangie.

About four hours later - success.

"The kidney functioned right away, right after we de-clamped the vessels, and that's a very good sign," said Dr. Mark Laftavi.

Scott gets the kidney, they both get the friendship.

"We just all hit it off. He jokes around a lot like my husband. We all hit it off really great. I can't explain it," said Vangie.

"It's a heck of a bond because, like she said, we got the same type of personalities," said Scott.

Both are recovering in the hospital.

Scott hopes to be able to return to his job in April.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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