DaVita® Stories

Giving the Gift of Life for a Second Time

My name is Brittany Elways, and I have been with DaVita for eight years as a patient care technician, having recently transferred into the new Kidney Home Center in Baltimore Maryland. When I was 16, I was diagnosed with end stage renal disease. At this time I was still a kid, very active in playing volleyball and softball. I really didn’t know how bad I had become. It turns out I had urine reflux and when I was diagnosed, it was already too late. Once the doctors were able to fix my urinary reflux, the time came to think about the next step in end-stage renal disease.

My amazing mother, Tisha Minton, didn’t even question stepping up and seeing if she was a match for donation. She has been working in dialysis for more than 28 years, and she understood the consequences and the problems that I would be facing the rest of my life. She didn’t even stop and think about herself, and understood the necessity of being a living donor.

“It really didn’t cross my mind to not give her anything I could,” my mom said. Through the next year, we underwent test after test of blood work until we finally found out that we were indeed a match for each other. This was best news we could hope for. On September 2008, I was given another chance at life by receiving my mom’s kidney. She truly gave me the gift of life for a second time around. I didn’t realize how bad I had felt until I woke up from the transplant and felt amazing.

Now almost 10 years later, at 27 years old, my health and my kidneys are doing great. I am currently working on getting my degree in nursing, and my mom has been working at the same clinic for 25 years until it just recently was moved. Now she is a nocturnal patient care technician. If it wasn’t for my mom doing everything she has done and having a background of knowledge in dialysis, I would not have made it this far.  I am a very lucky person to have a great mom who realized the value of being a living donor!

Brittany Elways

Brittany Elways

Brittany Elways is 27 years old and has been working for DaVita for seven years. She spent most of her time in the Bel Air DaVita as a patient care technician but has recently transferred to the Home Care Center in Maryland. Currently, she is pursuing her nursing degree.