By July 2018, Scott was ready to discover if her kidney was a match for Garcia, which included four months of paperwork, tests and evaluations. Though it might seem nerve-wracking and stressful to the donor and recipient, this extensive process is meant to fully ensure a donor is physically and mentally prepared for surgery.
The moment of truth came in November 2018, when they found out Scott was a match. The day was filled with tears, smiles, hugs and a bit of anxiety. With the winter holidays approaching, the surgery could not be scheduled immediately, and Garcia’s creatinine levels were starting to rise, which was not a good sign.
Once the surgery date was confirmed for Jan. 8, Garcia’s levels suddenly dropped. It was almost as if her body announced that everything would be OK.
The day of the surgery could not arrive soon enough. Scott and Garcia underwent surgery at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville and were extremely pleased with the support they received at the facility. All nurses, physicians and staff members were cheering them on throughout the entire journey. The quality of care from the team at UF Health led Garcia and Scott to a smooth recovery.