eye-3-yellow-3d-2-new-logo philly_kyw_new philly_94wip_new 35h_cbssportsrad_philly philly_wpht_new

Local

Local Graduate Stays Focused As Father, Mother Undergo Kidney Transplant Surgery

graduation_cap
John Ostapkovich John Ostapkovich
John Ostapkovich brings humor and wit, and a wealth of experience...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – College graduation can be a joyous time for a family- maybe a bit stressful too – but for a young woman about to graduate from La Salle on Sunday there’s another big event ahead.

Kiara Smith hopes to go to law school, maybe as soon as this fall, but she’s not throwing herself at the LSAT immediately. Her father is facing a kidney transplant on May 28th and her mother is the donor.

Smith says her dad has been battling lupus for years. It attacked his kidneys so he’s on dialysis, but they didn’t have to look far for a donor match.

“She just got tested, just to see, and the results came back. They were found to be a match,” Smith explains.

Graduation looms, as does the transplant, but Smith is keeping things in perspective.

“I really do believe things will be fine. We grew up in the church, so did my parents, so we have faith in God that everything’s going to be OK,” she says.

Smith says she has kept herself busy with a double-major, an internship and being captain of the women’s tennis team.

Top Content On CBSPhilly

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31,473 other followers