Town mayor to donate kidney to local mother

Connecticut Mayor to Donate Kidney to Local Mom
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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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.