My name is Anna Ovchinnikov & I live in North Pole, Alaska. 3 years ago I suddenly began to feel nauseous and had a hard time breathing. Going into the ER, my hemoglobin was 4 and they immediately started giving me blood. This made my breathing worse and I was intubated and placed in a medically induced coma. Waking up, I saw that I was connected to a machine that was circulating and cleaning my blood. This was the beginning of my long 3 years of dialysis for 9 hours every day. Fast forward to 3 weeks ago – I received a phone call at 5 in the morning. “You need to fly out to Seattle today! There is a kidney match for you!” I couldn’t believe it! Is this really happening? I flew out and the next day, I was given my Christmas miracle – a new kidney 🙂 My lab results were instantly better & the kidney started working right away! The first 24 hours I produced 5 liters of urine on my own! I’m so thankful to God and my donor for this gift of life.