Shelburne's Dutch Mill Family Restaurant owner, Jamie Bissonette, has been searching for a kidney donor since February. He has been battling kidney failure for 12 years. He needs a kidney transplant and roughly two months ago, he found a donor.
"The usual span of waiting period is three and a half to four years normally, but I knew in my heart that someone would be a donor for me," says Jamie.
Jamie's donor is someone he never expected. He's known her since he was 15 years old. It's his sister-in-law, Janet Bissonette.
"I wasn't shocked because my husband kept telling me from day one that I'm going to be the donor, he just knew," says Janet. "The minute I got that letter saying I was a candidate, he said "it's you."
The process has not been easy, or quick. Janet spent six months undergoing a number of treatments through UVM Medical Center to make sure she was a perfect match.
"Sometimes, I'd have tests that lasted the entire day," says Janet. "Right after the appointment (when I found out I was a match), we came and saw Jamie and told him."
In the meantime, Jamie has kept diligent with his kidney dialysis treatments. Five hours per day. Five days per week. He has been participating in UVM's home dialysis program for 11 months.
"The home dialysis program saved my life," says Jamie. "I know that I need this, I've never missed a treatment, and actually, my surgeon is one of our customers."
Jamie says his real savior is Janet, who has been waiting in the wings for decades.
"This about Janet, this isn't about me," says Jamie. "It's an honor to receive it."
"I just want him to be happy," says Janet. "Happy and healthy."
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