Michelle MacKinnon made good on her promise. To herself. And to a little boy she barely knows who desperately needed a kidney.
At 8 a.m. Wednesday, MacKinnon’s surgery began at the Toronto General Hospital to remove her left kidney, said her husband Dave. By about noon, she was in the recovery unit and an hour later, Dave was by her side.
MacKinnon asked several times about the boy before she fell back to sleep. The Niagara Falls, Ont., couple had been waiting for this day for a long time.
In 2011, MacKinnon was set to give the gift of life to her 18-year-old son, David. He had been sick all his life and had on dialysis for nearly two years.