Thursday, January 17, 2019



Kidney donation links women together forever

Buda, left, and Dennis

KINGSTON – Jennifer Buda, 35, of Hyde Park is a nurse who wanted to help out a fellow human being so she donated a kidney to Anna-Kay Dennis, 24, of Kingston. The two women worship at the same church.          

Dr. Thomas Diflo, chief of intra-abdominal organ transplantation at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, was one of the surgeons who performed the successful surgery on January 11.

The two women were acquaintances through church so when Jennifer learned of Anna-Kay’s situation, she volunteered one of her kidneys.

“I know it sounds very simplistic but I just wanted to help her,” Buda said. “I just wanted to help somebody and I can remember talking to my parents about it just saying I have a large family. I am the oldest of eight and I would do it in a heartbeat for any of my siblings and would never think twice about it. And I thought why not her, why not?”

Jennifer now sees Anna-Kay as “a little sister.”

Dr. Diflo said kidney transplants are performed regularly around the country with a 96 percent to 100 percent success rate.

The women feel connected forever thanks to Jennifer’s gift of life to Anna-Kay.


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