One Decision, Two Lives: The Power of Organ Donation
Our very own Louise Lerminaux, Business Transformation Lead, and her lifelong friend Conna Jones recently chatted with Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Science With A Twist podcast about their journey as a donor and recipient pair.
As someone born with Polycystic Kidney Disease, Louise knew for many years that she may need dialysis as well as a kidney transplant. Thanks to her dear friend Conna, who was found to be a match shortly after giving birth, Louise was able to start a new chapter of her life in 2008 as a kidney recipient.
For more on Louise and Conna’s powerful story, check out Science With A Twist on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your preferred podcasting app.
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