Sailors Kidney Saves Teen


POSTED: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 9:06am

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 9:06am

Navy vet's organ donation unites families.

The widow of a San Diego Navy veteran now has a connection to her husband, through a teen who received his donated kidney.

After four years of dialysis and hospital visits, 17-year-old Salma Al-Hinn received a long-awaited transplant kidney.

The successful transplant was first reported by NBC San Diego station KNSD after Al-Hinn celebrated her graduation at Rady's Children's Hospital.

Yvonne Azalea Nosik lost her husband, Kenneth Andrew Nosik, earlier this month.

Yvonne saw the segment about Al-Hinn and knew the teen must have received her husband's donated kidney.

Al-Hinn's mother attended Kenneth's funeral Monday.

She was one of very few mourners in attendance, as Kenneth's family couldn't afford to attend, and his friends were all deployed on the USS Vandergrift.

The struggle to find enough people to honor her husband's life appeared on Craigslist, where she went searching for six Navy men to serve as pallbearers.

"I got desperate and turned to Craigslist," she wrote. "I met my husband on this site. May he rest in peace."

The funeral was held Monday in Chula Vista.

There, Al-Hinn's mother said Yvonne is part of her family now.

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