Local woman climbs Mount Kilimanjaro after kidney donation


(WXYZ) — Two years ago, a single father of three was looking for a type O kidney.

Hundreds and maybe even thousands of people have seen his sign.

Emily Polet-Monterosso was not the first person to call the number, but she was the first to get the doctors okay.

“I think he had lost hope because no one in his network was compatible, you know? And he was relying on a stranger to follow,” Polet-Monterosso said.

The evaluation process took about 3 months, but the operation was successful.

“I found the recovery quite sweet,” she said. “You know, when I hit that 6 week mark, I was more than ready to get back to a normal athletic training regimen as well as the regular rigors of everyday life.”

Polet-Monterosso was at Ryan Standford’s bedside to discuss a future he thought he would never have.

“It’s amazing, it’s amazing,” said Polet-Monterosso.

And Polet-Monterosso was in the healthiest physical condition she had ever known.

“It’s because of their health system. They are followed more closely and the donation kind of gives them the motivation to be healthy and stay that way for the rest of their lives,” Dr Prashar said. .

Polet-Monterosso joined an online support group called Kidney Donor Athletes. They wanted to prove that life is normal after donation and that you can continue to push your physical limits.

This mission took them to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain above sea level in the world.

“It was amazing to undertake this endeavor with this particular group of people. Just a group of foreigners who all showed up in Tanzania to do the most vulnerable intimate thing, you know? Sleeping together on the side of the mountain “, said Polet-Monterosso.

The climb took 7 days and despite the incredible journey, stunning views and group bonding, Polet-Monterosso says it still hasn’t topped his don experience.

“I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, but kidney donation was even better for my life,” she said. “It was just the best thing I’ve ever done.”


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