Town mayor to donate kidney to local mother

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Connecticut Mayor to Donate Kidney to Local Mom

Public servants make a promise to serve the public when they take office, but one mayor in Connecticut is taking it a step beyond.

Dan Drew, mayor of Middletown, Connecticut, will give a kidney to one of his residents: 45-year-old Olivia DiMauro.

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DiMauro suffers from polycystic kidney disease, which causes cysts to form on the kidneys and can lead severe complications. The disease is hereditary, and DiMauro watched her mother experience the same ailment. DiMauro herself had been on the donor list for a kidney since November 2015.

If she did not receive a donor, she would have to undergo dialysis. Thankfully, she received a call that let her know that would not be the case: "I got a call the other day from Yale[-New Haven Hospital] saying someone wanted to meet up with me," she told The Middletown Press.

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Zion Harvey, 8, of Baltimore, seems to marvel at his new right hand while in his hospital bed on July 27, 2015. Zion lost his hands and feet to a bacterial disease when he was 2, but had a double hand transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in early July 2015, the first pediatric double hand transplant. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS via Getty Images)
Pattie Ray holds a book so her son, Zion Harvey, 8, can read it while in his hospital bed on July 27, 2015, at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Zion had a double hand transplant in early July 2015, the first pediatric double hand transplant ever performed. The Baltimore boy lost his hands and feet to a bacterial disease when he was as a two-year-old. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS via Getty Images)
Double-hand transplant recipient eight-year-old Zion Harvey smiles during a news conference Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Philadelphia. Surgeons said Harvey of Baltimore who lost his limbs to a serious infection, has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Double-hand transplant recipient eight-year-old Zion Harvey arrives to a news conference with his mother Pattie Ray Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Philadelphia. Surgeons said Harvey of Baltimore who lost his limbs to a serious infection, has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
As Dr. L. Scott Levin holds his hand, double-hand transplant recipient eight-year-old Zion Harvey moves his fingers during a news conference Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Philadelphia. Surgeons said Harvey of Baltimore who lost his limbs to a serious infection, has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Double-hand transplant recipient eight-year-old Zion Harvey smiles during a news conference Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Philadelphia. Surgeons said Harvey of Baltimore who lost his limbs to a serious infection, has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
As Dr. L. Scott Levin holds his hand, double-hand transplant recipient eight-year-old Zion Harvey moves his fingers during a news conference Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Philadelphia. Surgeons said Harvey of Baltimore who lost his limbs to a serious infection, has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Pattie Ray speaks with her son double-hand transplant recipient eight-year-old Zion Harvey during a news conference Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Philadelphia. Surgeons said Harvey of Baltimore who lost his limbs to a serious infection, has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Zion Harvey, 8, of Baltimore, waves to the audience with his new right hand as his mother, Pattie Ray, leads him onstage to the at a news conference at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Zion, who lost his hands and feet to a bacterial disease as a two-year-old, had a double hand transplant at CHOP in early July 2015, the first pediatric double hand transplant. In the background is his step-father Kevon Gant. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS via Getty Images)
Zion Harvey, 8, of Baltimore, shows off his new hands after transplant surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on July 27, 2015. Zion lost his hands and feet to a bacterial disease when he was 2, but had a double hand transplant in Philadelphia in early July 2015, the first pediatric double hand transplant. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS via Getty Images)
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As it turns out, her living donor was going to be her mayor. "Mayor Dan Drew was a perfect match for me," she said.

DiMauro is a longtime resident of Middletown, and she was shocked to learn it was Drew who will be her living donor. "Our surgery date is set and everything is moving forward. I still can't believe it," she said.

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