Rebekah Ceidro, a Pennsylvania woman lost in excess of forty pounds to give her kidney to a longtime
Rebekah Ceidro, aged 33, had worked with her friend Chris Moore, aged 30, for five years at a local eatery and later kept in touch through Facebook.
But in July, when Ceidro saw Moore’s status update post which said he was in need of a kidney, she knew she had to get to the bottom of the matter.
“I thought, ‘Oh my God. This is dreadful,'” Ceidro said. “In my judgment he was always the pinnacle of health and fitness. I thought somebody needs to step up and be of assistance to him and I thought, ‘Well, if I am saying that then I ought to be that individual.'”
After messaging Ceidro, she found out that he was really suffering from kidney failure and she asked what she could do to help. As fate may have it, they realized that they were both O positive blood type.
“So I said, ‘
Well let me know what you need?’ and, ‘What’s the 1st step in going forward with this?'” Ceidro said. “I said, ‘I’d love to be of help to you if I can. I am fairly sure I have two kidneys that work well and I am happy to part with one of them just for you.'”
In September, Ceidro went for a day of testing and everything appeared to be going well until doctors told her she had to weigh lower than 200 pounds to give a kidney, saying that it may cause complication for her future otherwise.
“I needed to lose eighteen pounds,” Ceidro said. “It’s never uncomplicated to hear somebody say that. I said, ‘I am going to lose the weight then because if that’s all that’s the only bottleneck keeping me from making a life saving difference in my friend’s life, then of course I would do it.'”
And that’s exactly what Ceidro went ahead and did.
She began monitoring her meals on MyFitnessPal and drastically changed her diet. She began running 5 days a week and entering races to get rid of those pounds.
Today, Ceidro weighs a clear 45 pounds. She is set to donate her kidney to Moore in the coming fall.
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