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Austintown siblings resting well after kidney transplant surgery

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania - The bond between two Austintown siblings grew a little closer Friday all because of a sister's selfless gift to her brother.

Dee Jenkins and her brother Andrew Richardson are both recovering at a Pittsburgh hospital after kidney transplant surgery.

Andrew has been in need of a kidney for about a year. He's battled type 1 diabetes since childhood. He's been on dialysis, but renal failure has made him very weak.

Doctors placed him on a kidney transplant list, but told him it could take years. The only way to speed up the process was to find a relative.

After months of testing, his sister Dee discovered she was a match. The two underwent surgery Friday morning.

They're expected to remain in Pittsburgh for the next six weeks so they can be monitored in case any complications arise.

To help the family cover some of their expenses, a donation jar has been placed at the Budapest, where Andrew plays pool, on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown. The Old North Church in Canfield is also accepting donations to help the family.

 

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