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South Carolina Paramedic Donates Kidney To 2-Year-Old Niece

Natalyn Mann, a two-year-old girl with a life-threatening disease that required the removal of her kidneys last year, went through a series of tests to find someone with a matching kidney.

Sara Cathey, her aunt, proved to be a perfect match for her. Sara’s weight was the only problem. Despite being 270 pounds, the paramedic was not physically fit.


Sara told WSAV, “I save strangers daily. There was nothing that was going to stand in my way.” Therefore, she began losing weight.

She said, “It was all the motivation I needed. I had a great support team, including my family, coworkers, and the fire department. The ER department is hiding the snacks, so I don’t eat them when I come in.”

Sara lost 125 pounds in just over a year. Her niece’s life can be saved by a surgery that doctors recently cleared her for. In the next few days, the operation will take place.

Sara told WSAV, “She’s going to be good. She’s got her second chance, and we are doing it. We are doing it.”


The two of them are so optimistic that they are already planning for their recovery.

Sara shared, “She keeps saying, ‘Nope, I don’t need to eat.’ Not until Aunt Sara gives me her kidney. When I get Aunt Sara’s kidney, I can have my macaroni.’

She continued, “That’s all she wants is some macaroni and chocolate, and she’s going to get it. And I am going to eat some mac and cheese with her. I think I’ve earned some mac and cheese.”