Santa Fe women bonded through kidney transplant

November 26, 2012 • State News

This Nov. 21, 2012 photo shows Julie Chambers at her home in Santa Fe, N.M., recovering after donating a kidney to Kim Muller. Making the decision to become a living donor, she said, happened because she felt called to it, and she said she feels more aware and has a different outlook since the surgery. (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Jane Phillips)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two Santa Fe women and their families are feeling extra grateful this holiday as they gather around Thanksgiving tables.

Just a few weeks ago, Julie Chambers donated one of her kidneys to Kim Muller. While Chambers is still limping up and down the stairs of her south-side apartment due to the pain from major abdominal surgery, and Muller is quarantined at her Eldorado home while her immune system copes with anti-rejection drugs, doctors say the surgery was a success.

Their tale is staggering. Until a month ago, Chamber and Muller were two strangers with a mutual acquaintance. Now, they share an uncommon bond.

“It’s a very heartwarming story,” said Deb McElroy, who worked with Chambers at the state Environment Department and knew Muller from church.

McElroy unknowingly matched the pair Login to read more

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