After years apart, kidney transplant helps reunite sisters: ‘It’s amazing, it’s the gift of life’

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Two sisters were reunited after being separated for years. They said their bond is stronger than ever after a kidney transplant brought them together. 

Becky and Amy spent 20 years without speaking. There was no falling out, they just grew apart. 

Two weeks ago, they started a new chapter together when Amy saved Becky’s life at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. 

“It’s amazing, it’s the gift of life,” Becky Anderson told 8News. 

Life has changed for Anderson. She has a new kidney and a new bond with her sister. “To think about somebody giving you a kidney who’s really,” said Anderson, “who really didn’t know you until six months ago, I mean, that’s just, I mean, is there any other better gift? She gave me my life back.”

The sisters haven’t always been close. When they were little, their parents divorced and the two lived in separate homes. 

Facebook connected the pair six years ago. A year later, Amy was diagnosed with kidney disease. Amy found Becky’s phone number to ask her sister if she could be her kidney donor. 

“It was just I felt like I needed to do. She needed a better life,” Amy McCormick said. ​​​​​​​”I really never in my whole life had someone offer me something so special,” Anderson said. 

Their mother also spoke to 8News on Thursday, saying the surgery not only created a new bond for her daughters but brought the entire family closer together. 

The sisters told 8News they talk and text every day.

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