Mary Rittmann, Transplant Recipient

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The joy of an extended life...

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 13. After 24 years of blood sugars ranging from 10 (seizures) to 800 (coma), the doctors informed me that my kidneys were failing. I was on hemodialysis for 2 and 1/2 years. Each treatment took 3 hours and I had them three times a week. I decided to be tested for a transplant with my doctor’s recommendation. As I waited to see if a transplant would ever happen, I stayed focused on my faith and health.

On November 29, 2000, I received a Kidney/Pancreas transplant. All this was possible because my angel had signed up to be an Organ & Tissue Donor. I have been a volunteer for the Donor Network of Arizona since three months after my transplant so that another person can experience the joy of an extended life.

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  1. August 22nd, 2015 | Stephanie Valenzuela |

    Oh, and one other thing, you received your transplant on my birthday!!

  2. August 22nd, 2015 | Stephanie Valenzuela |

    Sweet, beautiful Mary! You are an Earth Angel for sure. I know that your faith, dedication & hard work has saved more lives than you'll ever know. I'm grateful to God for you received the gift of extended life. I am more than happy to register in your honor Mary. I love you & I thank you for blessing me with your friendship for all these years.

  3. August 21st, 2015 | Melinda Pankey |

    Thank you for sharing your story, your also and Angel for all of the hard work you do to help support your community! Love you!


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