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Friend donates kidney for transplant operation

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As Sandy Schmid saw her friend suffering with kidney failure, she felt called to help.

In April, the Bemidji woman donated one of her kidneys to Scott Burgoon, a dialysis patient in the last stage of kidney failure at the time.


"I care a great deal about him," Schmid said.

Burgoon, who also lives in Bemidji, learned that he had kidney failure in 1999.

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