Single organ donation helps two families

Gift of life from Big Island resident

Published  6:42 AM HST Apr 29, 2013
Organ recipient meets family of donor
HONOLULU -

Randall Guadiz' giving spirit lives on, even though the Big Island man was killed in a motorcycle crash last July.

The donation of just one of his organs has had a profound impact for two island families.

Sunday morning Cheryl Guadiz can't stop herself from crying.  It is something that's happened a lot since last summer.

That's not what her husband Randall would have wanted. After all, he loved his family and loved having fun.

"He would always be smiling and wouldn't want anyone to be sad," said his daughter Kaesha.

Sometimes the Guadiz' sadness is overwhelming because of the deadly accident.

"My husband was riding his motorcycle home on his way from work," said Cheryl.

Last July, when Randall died, was not only a dark time for the Guadiz family.

"I was lying in bed looking at the ceiling saying, 'God, I can't do this anymore'," said Sabrina Josue, a resident from Ewa Beach.

Josue's kidneys had failed her -- leaving her weak, sick and unable to work.

"I was young when my kidneys failed.  I felt like I was cheated out of life.  I managed to go through life on dialysis for nine years," said Josue.

Then, just days after she was ready to give up, she got the phone call to come to the Queen's Transplant Center.

Randall Gaudiz not only wanted to have fun, he also wanted to help others as an organ donor.

One of his kidneys went to Josue, who now is healthy, energetic and has a huge appetite for life.

"Ever since my transplant, I feel so lucky to have been given a second chance. I am so, so grateful -- for me it's a miracle," said Josue.

Josue wasn't the only one who was helped because of the donation. The Gaudiz family said giving away Randall's kidney also helped them during their time of grief.

"I felt that I did a good thing. I want my husband to be happy because of what I did. Now he's our hero," said Gaudiz.

On Sunday, the Guadiz and Josue families met for the first time. There were tears all around, but as Randall would have liked, this time they were tears of joy.
 
"It's wonderful," exclaimed Guadiz as she embraced Josue.

There are more than 400 Hawaii residents with end-stage organ failure waiting for a life-saving organ each year, but according to Legacy of Life, fewer than 200 donations take place.

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