Teen to graduate after life-saving kidney transplant


It has been a tough road for Harrisburg High School senior Saderiah Wallace. 

She had to endure the disappointment of two kidney transplant cancellations, but things have changed dramatically and she is looking forward to graduation this weekend.

Wallace received her kidney transplant before the beginning of the new year. During the surgery, she had a dream.

“All I kept hearing was the kidney is working, the kidney is working,” she said.

As soon as she woke up, she got the good news.

“I’m like, are you serious? And they are like yes, you have a beautiful kidney and it’s working and everything,” Wallace said.

Her donor, Nicole King, saw Wallace’s story on social media. King, a surgical technologist at Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center, works with the transplant team who is helping Wallace.

“I see the surgeries and I know it changes lives,” King said. “I see them come in really sick.”

Several weeks after the transplant, King sent Wallace a text message. They first met in late March.

Wallace had a dream of a second chance, and she can testify that dreams do come true.

“I just want to thank Nicole King for giving me a second chance at life because if it were not for her, I would not be walking the stage,” she said.

Wallace is now on a different journey. Her 12-year-old sister, Sameriah, is in need of a kidney transplant, and Wallace is by her side to offer her much needed support.

Here is a link to some information about living kidney transplants – how a living donor can save a life!

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