BLUNDO

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— and not sur­prised that Hoyng, who likes to vol­un­teer for wor­thy causes, would do such a thing.

The surgery in July 2014 went well for Hoyng and the re­cip­i­ent: Jeff Wynn, 36, of Bal­ti­more, Ohio. Hoyng was off work for six weeks (her em­ployer, NiSource, con­tin­ued to pay her).

Nine months af­ter the surgery, she and Wynn met for the first time, with both call­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence un­for­get­table.

"You can’t be­lieve that peo­ple like that are out there, and they’re so self­less," said Wynn, an in­spec­tor for a re­gional air­line.

He de­vel­oped kid­ney dis­ease at age 12. Kid­neys do­nated by his mother and his Jeff Wynn and Ash­ley Hoyng dur­ing a 2015 or­gan­donor event at Ohio State Uni­ver­sity

brother both worked for a few years each be­fore fail­ing. He had been un­der­go­ing four-hour dial­y­sis ses­sion three times a week be­fore Hoyng's do­na­tion.

Stud­ies of kid­ney donors haven't found any strong ev­i­dence of long-term health con­se­quences, said Dr. Todd Pe­savento of the Wexner's Com­pre­hen­sive Trans­plant Cen­ter. If a donor ever needs a kid­ney, he or she

goes to the top of the long wait­ing list for a do­nated or­gan, he said.

Hoyng and Wynn have be­come friends, but Hoyng said that even if they'd never met, she would be glad that she be­came an or­gan donor.

"It was placed on my heart for a rea­son, and I wouldn’t change it for the world."

[ASH­LEY HOYNG]

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