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Mom Born With 3 Kidneys, And The Desire To Help Others

TUESDAY, JULY 22, 1997

Dena Parry knew Wayne Dempsey as just a name on a prayer list when she stood up in Sunday school class and offered to give him one of her kidneys. After all, Parry has three of them.

Three years ago, doctors thought Parry had an ulcer and discovered instead that she has a duplicate left kidney.

“You’re definitely talking about a rare thing,” said Dr. Alvin Moss, a West Virginia University kidney specialist.

“In 20 years, I’ve dealt with nobody who has had three.”

About the same time Parry’s third kidney was discovered, Dempsey, now 50, found out he had severe kidney disease. He is now dependent on a dialysis machine.

“I believe the Lord put it there for a reason,” Parry, a 40-year-old nurse’s aide with seven children said of her extra kidney.

The operation is scheduled for next month.

Dempsey’s family was ready to put him on the national donor’s list when Parry made her decision.

Dempsey said he and wife, Pamela, wept for joy when they got the word.

“It’s a miracle. The Lord had brought Dena and Wayne together,” Dempsey said.


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