ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Stacy Jiles didn't hesitate to donate a kidney to her 72-year-old mom Janet Horton. Because of sheer admiration, Jiles followed her mother's footsteps and became a nurse. When she was down battling kidney disease unconditional love forced Jiles to step up.
Jiles, 46, penned a special letter to her mom after tests proved she was a perfect match. She also presented her with a matching bracelet adorned with a green ribbon in honor of organ donation awareness.
Filled with emotion, mother and daughter cried and held on to each other before their respective surgeries at SSM St. Louis University Hospital.
Horton is lucky she had a transplant and didn't end up on a long organ waiting list. There is a national shortage of kidneys with over 100,000 patients on a waiting list. They are going to wait in between 3-10 years for a kidney from a deceased donor pool.
She's also thankful the daughter she gave her a gift that saved her life.
For more information about organ donations, visit SLUTransplant.com.