Last week, people across the country got together with their loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving—but one family from Boston found something to be especially thankful for.
For the past six years, Elva Casiano has suffered from kidney failure. She’s always tried to stay strong, but recently her condition got even worse—and after avoiding it for years, she began dialysis treatments.
While the process helps treat the disease, it’s also taken a toll on her quality of life—and it’s devastated her family to see her in such poor shape.
“She goes 2–3 times a week in the morning for four hours each day,” her son, Dave Hernandez, wrote in a Facebook post.
“She then comes home drained, tired, and helpless and sleeps until 4–5 in the afternoon.”
It was especially hard considering how lively she was her whole life, and was now a shell of her former self.
“She was full of life. Worked her full time job to provide for her five children and husband,” Hernandez recalled.
“Now she has three beautiful grandchildren that she cries for because in her mind she won’t make it to see them grow up.”
Hernandez knew he had to do something to help his mother.
“She is the most loving and caring person [I] know,” he wrote. “Seeing her suffer breaks my heart and everyone’s around us.”
So on Thanksgiving, he gave her an early Christmas present—one she’ll keep for the rest of her life.
Hernandez told his mother there was something she needed to sign right away. Casiano opened the letter her son handed her—and was confused at first by its contents.
“When I opened it, it was my son’s kidney with his name on it,” Casiano recalled to WBZ-TV.
She turned to her son—who confirmed what it meant.
He was donating his kidney to her.
It turns out that Hernandez had gotten checked to see if he could be a donor years ago, when Casiano first came down with her kidney failure. But since she wasn’t as far gone at that point, he opted against it—partly because he was naturally afraid of the surgery.
But after seeing his mother’s condition lately, he knew what he had to do.
“Watching her suffer is like I’m suffering,” he said to WBZ-TV.
Casiano broke down in tears at her son’s announcement. This was truly life-changing news—and something she never expected would happen.
“I just thought I was going to be on dialysis for years and years,” she told WBZ-TV. “I didn’t think—not even once—that my son was going to give me a kidney.”
But after realizing her son was giving her a new chance at life, she knew everything had happened for a reason.
“God gave me five boys for a reason,” she said.
“I gave them life and I think one of them is going to give me life.”
Hernadez was happy to make the donation. He said that he was doing it “to let her know how thankful I am to have such a strong beautiful, loving, and caring mother like herself.”
“I Love You Mom! Stay Strong!” he wrote. “You’re a fighter.”
Watch the heartwarming video below:
For 6 years my mother has suffered from kidney failure. Not just one but both. It wasn’t as bad at first as it got last year so I decided to get myself checked to see if i was a match. It turned out that I was and still am. As i was going through with the process i overthought about everything and started freaking out over the surgery and what might happen to me during surgery and after. There were so many big events in my personal life going on that It honestly freaked me out. I didn’t know much about it and to be honest we all thought she was going to pull through. About 2 months ago my mother started dialysis. Something she was trying to avoid but unfortunately couldn’t. It is the procedure that purifies her blood, this is what substitutes what a kidney is supposed to do. She goes 2-3 times a week in the morning for four hours each day. She then comes home drained, tired, and helpless and sleeps until 4-5 in the afternoon. This used to be a woman anyone looked up to. Don’t get wrong we all still do but this isn’t my mother. She was full of life. Worked her full time job to provide for her 5 children and husband. Now she has 3 beautiful grandchildren that she cries for because in her mind she won’t make it to see them grow up. Seeing this made me realize that this woman gave everything for us , so it’s time to return the favor. Since I already knew I was a match I decided to go through the procedure again. YES! I am giving my mother a kidney. She is the most loving and caring person i know. Seeing her suffer breaks my heart and everyone’s around us. I decided to surprise her for Thanksgiving with the help of everyone that loves her. To let her know how thankful i am to have such a strong beautiful, loving, and caring mother like herself. I Love You Mom! Stay Strong! You’re a fighter.
Posted by David Hernandez on Thursday, November 23, 2017