Dominican mother gives ‘gift of life’ to daughter

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Chris Rossi/The Gazette Marilyn Claudette Loblack (right) donated her kidney to her daughter, Sacha K. Webster (left), on Dec. 22.Now that the new year has begun, Marilyn Claudette Loblack and her daughter, Sacha K. Webster, both of Landover, plan to follow through with an unusual resolution.Both are recuperating in their apartment from a Dec. 22 kidney transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, where Loblack, 51, donated one of her kidneys to Brewster, 31, whose kidneys were failing because of diabetes and hypertension.When mother and daughter are fully recovered, they say they plan to help educate people about how to donate in hopes of shortening the wait for kidneys, which are donated by both living and deceased people.Success rates are better with living donors, and the wait for a deceased person’s kidney can be longer, anywhere from two to five years, according to the UMMC website.“I want to encourage people to get tested because you can help your loved ones,” said Loblack, who was found to be a good potential donor after a series of compatibility tests.“You can save someone’s life,” said Loblack, who said she didn’t think twice about donating one of her kidneys to save her daughter, whose kidneys started to fail after she was diagnosed with high blood pressure and Type II diabetes in 2010.Most people are born with two kidneys that remove toxins, waste products and excess water from the blood, producing urine in the process.Treatment of failing kidneys can include a transplant, which can lead to rejection or post-surgery infections; or dialysis, which uses a machine to filter blood, but Brewster said the treatments caused her fatigue, itching, fluid buildup and inability to sleep.“Dialysis wears you out,” said Brewster, who did it three times a week for more than three hours each day for over a year.Although mother’s and daughter’s blood types are different, their immune systems were a good match, lowering the risk she would reject the kidney from her mother, Brewster said.Brewster, who had been working at the front desk of a Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C., said she first realized she had kidney problems in 2010.“It’s hard to digest something like that when you’ve been a healthy person,” said Brewster, who learned everything they could before the operation with help from the National Kidney Foundation and UMMC.The transplant was performed by UMMC surgeon Rolf Barth, who was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.UMMC performs about 200 kidney transplants a year, some of which use the single incision laparoscopic surgery, or SILS, technique that was used in the Loblack-Brewster transplant, said hospital spokeswoman Meghan Scalea.The SILS method, involves removing the donated kidney through an incision in the naval, leaving a much smaller scar than operations using additional incisions in the abdomen.Scalea said eight people from Prince George’s County donated kidneys in 2009, and two from the county donated kidneys in 2010, all using the SILS method.Loblack said buying Christmas presents from stores this year took a backseat for her because she knew she was giving the “gift of life” to her daughter by donating one of her kidneys.A member of Evangel Assembly of God in Temple Hills, Brewster said members of the church visited her the morning of the operation.Senior Associate Pastor Diana McConaty of Brandywine also visited with her daughter, Crystal McConaty of Waldorf, two days after the transplant, on Christmas Eve.“It was such a transformation,” said Diana McConaty about Brewster. “Her whole countenance, her complexion — she was like a brand-new person.”“She was still in pain, but she was more talkative than I’ve seen her be in a year,” Diana McConaty said.During the Christmas Day service at the church, Diana McConaty tied in her message about the true meaning of Christmas with the gift Loblack had given her daughter, then asked the congregation to turn and wave at the camera that was taping the service.“It made me feel really good. I could see them waving,” said Brewster, who was able to watch the service as it was taking place on her computer.“God gave me a chance to have a second life,” Brewster said. “I have a much better perception of life and what it’s really worth.”“Nobody in my family will ever forget this Christmas,” she said.For more about UMMC’s transplant program, visit www.umm.edu/transplant/kidney.More information is also available at www.kidney.org (National Kidney Foundation in New York City, with a Maryland branch in Lutherville) and www.unos.org (United Network for Organ Sharing in Richmond, Va.)By: by Virginia Terhune, Staff WriterGazette.net LocalNews Dominican mother gives ‘gift of life’ to daughter by: – January 9, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Share 43 Views 4 commentslast_img read more