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A sign on a truck leads to a kidney donation (video)

By The Health News Team | July 26, 2022

A sign on Annemieke Frost Hutchinson’s husband’s truck saved her life.

Annemieke had polycystic kidney disease and was on dialysis for more than a year. She learned that she needed a kidney transplant. To help with her search, she and her husband came up with a creative idea: They placed a sign on the back of her husband’s truck.

Gwen Smith, a San Diego educator, noticed the sign and decided to donate her kidney to Annemieke at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

“It was just seamless and natural,” says Gwen. “I just felt like it was really meant to be.”

Watch the video to view Annemieke’s incredible kidney transplant story and learn more about living kidney donation at Sharp HealthCare.

For the news media: To discuss this story with Dr. Marquis Hart, a kidney transplant surgeon affiliated with Sharp Memorial Hospital, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at

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