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Asheville woman's efforts to donate kidney get back on track

Kidney donation update
Leanne Brunton said her efforts to donate a kidney to an Iowa man are back on track after being derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A kidney donation put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic is moving forward again.

In January, Julie Hruska was driving around, hoping the message on her car would get a kidney donor for her dad, Larry Burkholder, who lives in Iowa. Burkholder was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease four years ago and was put on the kidney donation list a year ago.

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In March, Hruska found her father a match -- Leanne Brunton.

Brunton said she lost her father to kidney failure and when she saw Hruska's vehicle she knew she had to do something.

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Brunton was supposed to fly to Iowa on April 1 for a final round of clinicals before the transplant. But the hospital had to cancel those appointments.

Now, everything's back on track and she won't have to travel out of state.

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"They are going to do Teladoc," Brunton said. "They don’t want me to go through airports and introduce any germs or anything and possibly introduce anything to the recipient, as well, or myself."

Brunton said it looks like the transplant will take place within the next couple months.

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