Megan is a newly married 24-year-old woman who needs a kidney transplant. Born with bilateral renal arterial stenosis, she spent months on life support at Boston Children’s Hospital. Thanks to a wonderful team of dedicated doctors and nurses, Megan, at 16 months old became strong enough to get a kidney transplant from her mom. The kidney lasted for over 22 years. During these years, Megan had several medical challenges including spinal fusion surgery but with each setback, she remained positive and fought to have as normal a life as possible. Since her kidney failed in January, Megan has balanced hemo-dialysis three times per week with her work as a medical assistant and her life with her new husband, puppy, and home.
Megan grew up in Johnston, Rhode Island. She graduated from Johnston High School and Lincoln Technical School. She loved football cheerleading and playing softball, up until her multiple back surgeries forced her to stop participating. Megan met Christopher DaFonseca in 2009 and was recently married on a beautiful day in April. Megan’s aunt, who is her mother’s identical twin sister, is being tested and will hopefully be her related donor for her new kidney.
April 3, 2018
After having the old transplant removed because of a cancerous growth we are inching closer to the transplant. Megans sister has been approved as the donor and the scan a couple of weeks ago shows no cancer has spread. One more test and hopefully we will have a date for transplant day.
September 2, 2017
Megan finally has an approved donor for her kidney transplant. In the mean time during some routine testing they found something and had to remove the previous transplant, which happened this past week at Brigham and women’s she is recovering nicely and we will meet with the transplant team to discuss next steps in the very near future.
All the best to her supporters and thanks for all the prayers and people following her progress.
January 21, 2017
Checking On Megan and Auntie......
Love. Antoinette In Boston. xo
October 21, 2016
Dear Megan: Stay strong as you always have been. Be courageous as you always have been. Our thoughts are with you.
Louis and Tricia Giardini
October 22, 2016
Sending prayers, hope, love, and encouragement to you. Never give up. I hear you are a fighter. Blessings and more blessings to you.
October 22, 2016
We will continue to always pray for you and your family. Megan has been faced with lifetime of challenges, and even with all these challenges, she has been so blessed To have such Love, Hope and endless faith from her family. We,, Myself and Luigi as from what I like to see Is … Maybe not people you see every day or hear from all the time, but rest assure… we consider you a friend at heart And always care about you and totally respect you as a man. You’re love for Megan has been felt by us with your Smiles, your stories… We are not rich people, but at same time we are so so so WEALTHY with so much more than Money… We will donate of course and know that Megan will do great with her Aunties Kidney, what greatest gift you can give Someone you love.. the gift at chance for brighter life. Megan’s strength is inspiring to me, I hope to be able to meet her someday In the meantime, we will keep you all inside our hearts with prayer in sincerest ways
Antoinette Vittorioso & Luigi Sepe