FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — This will not be the last Mother’s Day for Seekonk resident Kristin Sheffield thanks to her best friend, fellow nurse and soon-to-be organ donor, Allyson Thompson.
Sheffield and Thompson have only known each other for a year, but consider themselves family.
“Working in the ER, especially working the night shift, you’ve got limited resources so you really rely on your coworkers and you really become a family. So it was an easy bond and relationship,” Thompson said.
The two aren’t used to being on the receiving end of care. But come Monday, they’ll be prepped for surgery in adjacent operating rooms.
“We’re nurses, we are giving and caring to our core and we save lives every day and she gets another chance to save a life; mine! Haha,” Sheffield said.
Sheffield’s kidneys have been failing for over a year. Her condition worsened when she got sick with the flu back in January.
“I was admitted to the hospital and started dialysis and I’ve been out of work since,” Sheffield said.
Sheffield’s new reality includes four hours of dialysis three days a week. After a couple of potential kidney donors fell through Thompson stepped in.
“Definitely being in the medical field gives me a better understanding of what I’m doing and how important it is,” Thompson said.
“I cried, haha. It was, it’s a huge huge gift, um for her to you know give me and enable me to watch my son grow up, graduate, all that good stuff. And I can get back to work and take care of my patients which I love doing,” Sheffield added.
She calls it the best Mother’s Day gift ever.
“I’m excited that Kristin is going to get her life back and be able to enjoy her time with her son, and it means the world,” Thompson said.
While Sheffield will have to continue taking medications the transplant will allow her to resume a normal life. She’s excited to head back to work with Thompson after they recover from surgery in a few months.