Kidney Transplantations Foster Bright Hopes

Lizbeth Irizarry and Joceline De Los Santos both received a kidney from the same donor on the same day at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

In August 2011, Michael J. Goldstein, MD, Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation, and Associate Professor of Surgery, performed life-saving transplants on two 13-year-old girls who each received a kidney from the same donor on the same day at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Today, the girls, Lizbeth Irizarry and Joseline De Los Santos – eighth graders who enjoy math and dancing to pop songs by Lady Gaga and Rihanna – share their hopes for the future as well.

Prior to receiving her kidney, “Lizbeth was on dialysis for 18 months,” says her mother, Claudia Irizarry. “It felt as though our lives had stopped. Now we are going back to normal. I feel like I have my baby back.”

Organ donation from a living relative is the best way for children to receive timely kidney transplants, according to Dr. Goldstein. But that was not possible for Jocelin or Lizbeth, who waited for kidneys from deceased donors through the United Network for Organ Sharing. Read full story