Ashley Andrade

General Questions

How old are you?

15

Where are you from?

San Jose, CA

Transplant

What was your transplant?

Kidney, received July 24, 2018, age 13

What was your condition that led to the transplant?

Low Hemoglobin

What was life like before transplant?

Normal

How long did you wait for your transplant?

1 year

How was the road to recovery?

It was not that hard, but it wasn’t super duper easy.

What can you do now after transplant?

A lot more than I could before. I have a lot more freedom.

What are you most excited about after being healthy?

Being able to experience my teenage years to the fullest.

Donor

Do you know your donor?

No.

Would you like to?

Yeah, I would love to meet my donor family. I would thank them and make them feel that the kidney is in good hands.

What did you do to celebrate today? (today was the one year mark since her transplant)

My parents took me to a really nice restaurant and we told them it was my birthday.

How do you feel?

I feel very grateful and encouraged to do things out of my comfort zone.

What would you say to people considering to be an organ donor?

You’re saving a life without losing yours.

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