Fairfield Twp. Lady will get new kidney from Pittsburgh donor

Keli and Frappier were matched over the summer, but delays, including a fractured ankle from Keli, resulted in a 2020 transplant delay. With the transplant date now in 2021, the Thorns of Fairfield Twp. Again, their $ 5,000 insurance deductible match.

Aaron said his family couldn’t do it alone and still need help on their way to his wife’s February surgery.

The cost of pre-transplant care is overwhelming, which is why the Thorns are supported by Help Hope Live, a nonprofit medical donation organization. It helps start out-of-pocket fundraising drives for medical expenses during a medical emergency like a transplant, said Emily Progin, a spokeswoman for the organization.

Donations to support Keli Thorn can be made at helphopelive.org. Donations are tax deductible and each patient’s medical needs are reviewed by a doctor. The organization pays medical bills and associated costs directly and has no control over government medical services.

After the transplant stopped and Keli was cleared for surgery, Aaron said they were “excited but tired”.

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