Mother donates kidney to save son in 4-way kidney swap - WKRN News 2

Mother donates kidney to save son in 4-way kidney swap

Posted: Updated: March 15, 2013 09:59 PM
Heather Meyernick Heather Meyernick

One Middle Tennessee woman didn't think twice when it came to helping her son with kidney disease.

Heather Meyernick's son, 39-year-old Jason Belinski, who lives in Connecticut, was suffereing from a life threatening kidney disease.

Meyernick was willing to donate one of her kidney's to save Jason, but she wasn't a match.

She felt lost until she learned about a new program at Yale New Haven Hospital's Transplant Center.

"She said ‘but we have this swap donor program'," Meyernick told Nashville's News 2. "I said ‘sign me up' and she said ‘do you want to hear what it is?' and I said ‘I don't care sign me up.'"

Finally after months of testing, Heather and Jason would participate in a four-way kidney swap with Gloria Jones and her daughter Tasha Tucker.

Tasha would give her healthy kidney to Jason. In exchange, Heather would give her kidney to Gloria, a 58-year old-wife, mother and grandmother in renal failure.

On January 31, for the second time in the hospital's history, the swap was performed giving Jason and Gloria a second chance at life.

"To have your grown son, former marine, tough guy say 'you gave me life twice' wow pretty awesome," Meyernick said.

The two families met for the first time one week after the surgeries.

"I thought this is meant to be and it's even more of a miracle because it's families helping families there is a real serious connection there," Meyernick said.

Everyday Heather now wears a bright green bracelet that reads "Donate Life" because she believes her work isn't done until more people are aware of these types of transplant options.

"If they can get more people to say I'll be a donor, and you get put on a list you get matched up with somebody you're going to get so many more people," Meyernick said.

Everyone is recovering and doing well since the surgeries in January.

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