Abbott Northwestern kidney transplant makes sisters of friends

District 11 school teachers Pam Schwandt and Carolyn Kuntz became fast friends and forever family members when Schwandt donated a kidney to Kuntz. Photo by Sue Austreng, ABC Newspapers

[ABC Newspapers, January 01, 0001] They say you can choose your friends but not your family. Well, after a June 14 swap of a medical sort, a pair of District 11 school teachers have family ties – not to mention surgical scars – that bind. You see, Roosevelt Middle School art teacher Pam Schwandt donated a kidney to Ramsey Elementary School reading teacher Carolyn Kuntz. And the rest is family history.

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