Valley nurse donates kidney, meets donee

A Mayo Clinic nurse donated her kidney to a total stranger.
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It's not everyday you hear of a nurse willingly donating an organ to help a stranger.
 
But that's exactly what happened a few months ago at St. Joseph's Hospital. FOX 10's Courtney Griffin met with both the donor and recipient and has their special story.
 
Twenty-seven-year-old Kate Burris did not meet Jim Ensslin until after she donated a kidney to him. 
 
"It's just something I could do for someone else. Not everyone can donate their kidney. Not everyone is a good candidate for it but you know I am and I was so I do," said Burris.
 
Jim Ensslin had kidney problems for years. So once he learned about a matched donor, he knew his life would change forever.
 
"Before I probably felt like I was 70 years old. Now I feel like I'm 30 years old, literally I really do feel that much better. I'm still 56 though," said Ensslin.
 
Burris, who is a nurse at the Mayo Clinic, says the decision to donate was an easy one once she found out she was healthy enough.
 
"I don't really care. I'm not superficial in that sense. A scar didn't bother me," said Burris.
 
The two met for the first time after surgery.
 
"It was crazy. It was surreal, yeah that's a really good word for it. We knew about each other but we didn't know anything about each other really," said Burris.
 
They are now good friends.
 
"I love seeing that he's doing so well. It's awesome and we're friends on Facebook and Instagram and we Snapchat each other sometimes," said Burris.
 
"It's kind of like having another daughter, she calls me her kidney cousin but I'm not sure if I'm cousin or father, uncle or what. It's that kind of a relationship. Good relationship," said Ensslin.
 
Both Kate and Jim are now encouraging more people to learn about becoming a donor. In fact, Kate is already looking into becoming a donor again.
 
If you want to learn about organ donation click here, www.donatelifeaz.org.

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