Kidney donor who helped save 9-year-old girl on road to recovery

A Moore County woman who went under the knife to help a little girl in need of a new kidney is back home.
March 24, 2014 8:24:53 PM PDT
A Moore County woman who went under the knife to help a little girl in need of a new kidney is back home.

Jennifer Trapp heard about 9-year-old Evie Wentz's struggle at their church, and she says her decision was simply an act of love.

"I'm feeling a lot better than four weeks ago," said Trapp.

Trapp still has a pain in her side, but there's joy in her heart.

"I get to talk with her on the phone and her mom says she is bouncing off the walls and is always hungry, and has affectionately nicknamed the kidney 'Gus Gus,'" said Trapp.

When Trapp heard that Evie needed a new kidney just to live she volunteered to be a donor and was a near perfect match.

For Evie it truly was a gift of life. For Trapp, it was a step of faith.

"This is something that Jesus would do. I mean he gave his life for us which is the ultimate sacrifice," said Trapp. "So, in my own way, I feel like I am following his example."

Trapp says it's taking her a lot longer to bounce back. She says her doctors have told her that it could be several months before she is pain free and back to normal.

However, the mother of three boys said if she had to do it all over again she would. Her scar is a badge of sacrifice for an act of love. Her thanks is the smile of a little girl who has a second chance at life.

"I know that Evie is much better off now that she has a working kidney, and she is going to be able to go swimming and do those activities that normal little kids get to do," said Trapp.

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