• Andover woman donates kidney to sister with Cystic Fibrosis


    ANDOVER, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Two Andover sisters share a bond deeper than most.

    Mackenzie Dias, 23, gave one of her kidneys to her 31-year-old sister Lindsey last week. Lindsey suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, a multi-symptom genetic disorder. She's already undergone a double lung transplant and has received a kidney already, but in June of 2012, she got word she'd need another kidney transplant in order to keep living.

    That news came just before the girls' middle sister, Ashley, passed away at age 26 while awaiting her second double lung transplant. She too suffered from Cystic Fibrosis. After watching Ashley run out of time, Mackenzie vowed to not let that happen to Lindsey.

    Both girls underwent surgery at Mass General Hospital last week and Lindsey returned home Tuesday. They both say they're now looking forward to a bright future.

    "I never hesitated that I was gonna do this, I knew I wanted to do this," Mackenzie said.

    She went on to say, "I wasn't going to let Lindsey wait."

    Mackenzie has a blog she uses to share her story, and the story of her sisters. It's called, Breathe Easy With Me.

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