Mission Accomplished

Maureen’s Quick-Thinking

When Maureen Kennedy, a Facility Administrator at DaVita Brookline in Massachusetts, heard through her associate medical director, Dr. Robert Brown, about a young Haitian boy in dire need of Epogen, she quickly took action to get teammates together to help. DaVita Brookline was able to donate the necessary medicine, and Dr. Brown quickly arranged its transportation to Haiti. The 6-year-old boy, who has anuric acute kidney injury, severe anemia and was fighting for his life, is now receiving treatment on machines donated to Bridge of Life from NxStage.

Liem’s Incredible Offer

When volunteer, Liem Huynh, heard about a little girl in desperate need of a blood transfusion during a Bridge of Life medical mission to Vietnam, he didn’t hesitate to offer his own blood for the procedure.

“It wasn’t a question of yes or no to me at this point, but, rather, when can we get this done,” he said. “For me, it was the sooner, the better.”

Thanks to Liem’s blood donation and additional funds contributed by Project Vietnam, this little girl is surviving and will receive follow-up surgery as part of her treatment sponsorship.

Ronda’s Lifesaving CKD Screening

During a chronic kidney disease (CKD) screening event at the 2015 Winter Texan Expo, Bridge of Life (BOL) had two very special visitors, Gary and Ronda, stop by our booth to share how a free CKD screening from BOL literally saved Ronda’s life. At the 2014 health expo, Ronda’s test results showed that she could have stage 5 chronic kidney disease, which signifies kidney failure. Ronda was immediately advised that she needed to go to a hospital. After a series of further tests, Ronda found out that she had kidney cancer. Today, Ronda is healthy again, and her husband Gary is full of gratitude.

“This CKD screening saved my wife’s life!” he said. “She wouldn’t be here today if we didn’t get screened last year!”

Angie’s Educational Journey

With the help of Jim Winders, a Facility Administrator at DaVita Aurora Dialysis in Colorado, Bridge of Life (BOL) secured housing and training for Angie Aguilar, a Guatemalan medical student interning at Fundanier, a pediatric dialysis clinic and partner of BOL. Angie interned last January at Children’s Hospital in Aurora and continued her training at DaVita Aurora Dialysis and DaVita Sable Dialysis in Colorado. With the help of 20 teammates, Angie returned to Guatemala with new knowledge and skills that will benefit practices at Fundanier.