Community comes out in support of woman seeking kidney

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Former Cranston teacher Carol Mitola is overwhelmed and grateful for the responses she has gotten since her story of needing a kidney went public.

“I am still searching for the miracle,” she said.

The past month has been an emotional roller coaster in her quest for a donor.

“I shared my story with family, friends and my community by sending out letters and flyers. This information was also shared on social media, which was ultimately featured as an article in the Cranston Herald. Although there were virtually no responses the first two weeks, I am happy to say that I have had several responses the past week and a half,” she said.

A few people responded after seeing the flyers but most read the article in the Cranston Herald on the Internet.

“Lately there has been a plentitude of negative issues associated with the Internet, however the article that was shared again and again on social media may just prove to be miraculous in finding my kidney donor,” Mitola said.

All but one respondents were women, who want to help because something spiritually motivated them to call or they felt they could relate because they are mothers too.

“A few callers shared heartwarming stories about their family members who had serious health issues. Each person I spoke with was genuine, sincere and spoke from the heart. I don’t know if anyone I spoke with could be my donor match but I told them they gave me a positive outlook and hope during this very difficult time. My husband and daughters also are more hopeful in my quest for finding a kidney donor,” she said.

Mitola, in fact, was told by Sarah Gibb, The Living Donor Clinical Coordinator at RIH’s Transplant Center, that several people have actually taken the first steps in getting their blood types tested and checking for cross match compatibility.

“I appreciate the kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity the public has shown,” Mitola said.

For more information on becoming a living kidney donor, contact Sarah Gibb at Rhode Island Hospital Transplant Center, 444-3091.

Carol is A-positive blood type. Donors must be in good health and be over 18 years of age. 

Carol is also happy to speak with people who have questions or want more information. Contact her at 569-1611.

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