St. David's HealthCare - April 26, 2022

Two years ago, a chance encounter at a motocross park in Lockhart saved a young man’s life.

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, 25-year-old Emily Ellisor took up motocross—a fun activity that happens outside and socially distanced. Through motocross, Emily met Trevor Manning, her husband’s coworker, who had a rare kidney disease called Alport Syndrome and was in need of a transplant. When Emily and Trevor got to talking, she felt compelled to help him by giving him one of her kidneys.

Emily had the full support of her husband, but Trevor was hesitant to take a kidney from someone he just met. After months of testing, they learned that Emily’s kidney was a near-perfect match for Trevor.

Emily and Trevor underwent surgery on November 17, 2020, at The Kidney Transplant Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. The transplant was successful, and Dr. Jaqueline Lappin, Trevor’s transplant surgeon, checked on him every day.

“My whole life, I’ve wanted to help people. I went to school for firefighting, and nothing that I’ve ever done will amount to helping someone the way Emily helped me,” Trevor said.

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