N. TX woman to donate kidney to friend in need of transplant

After years on a transplant waiting list, a North Texas mom is finally getting the kidney she desperately needs, and her perfect match is someone she never would have guessed.

Misty Torres and her husband, Martin, know what disappointment feels like trying to find a match.

"All my friends, they were denied," said Misty. "…They go by your weight, they go by if you have high blood pressure. If you have anything like that, you are not a candidate."

Four years ago, kidney disease landed Misty on a transplant list.

"I'm supposed to be the provider," said Martin. "I'm supposed to be able to help my wife and my children, and I couldn't. I just had to sit back and watch her and pray that she would get better."

Misty was told she'd have to undergo dialysis for eight hours a day, every day, to survive.

One of her biggest joys is watching her daughter, Kaylie, play softball for Royse City High School with her friend, Maddie.

Maddie's mom, Misti Sisk, heard about Misty's failing health.

"My mom was a seven-year dialysis patient and she received a kidney transplant five years ago," said Sisk. "I knew what that life was like and I knew that it wasn't something that would be easy for her."

Sisk took it upon herself to get tested, and incredibly, she turned out to be a perfect match.

She decided to surprise Misty the day after Christmas with a card saying, "We are a match," kidney beans and the game Operation.

"I just never thought that someone would do this for me," said Misty. "It just really touched my heart."

Both moms will check into Baylor Medical Center for the transplant Tuesday morning.

"I am blessed with health and I believe that's a gift from God that I didn't earn, and I'm not entitled to have it any better than she is," said Sisk.

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