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Pinay nurse who saved babies during hurricane Sandy seeks for a kidney donor

  • A Filipina nurse was once hailed a hero for saving babies during a storm
  • Menchu de Luna Sanchez is now asking for a kidney donor to save her life
  • She has been on the kidney transplant list for three years

A Filipina nurse in New York who was hailed a hero is now asking for a kidney donor to save her life.

Menchu de Luna Sanchez helped evacuate 20 high-risk babies when Hurricane Sandy hit NYU Langone Medical Center. She was honored by former US President Barack Obama during one of his State of the Union speech.

Now, 61 years old, Sanchez is knocking on the public’s heart for a new kidney. She told NY Daily News, “My kidneys are in a state of dying. I’m going to have to go on dialysis, but it’ll affect my whole system.”

“If I get a kidney donor my life will be lengthened so I could help more babies,” the Pinay nurse added.

Sanchez has been on the kidney transplant list for three years. She revealed that she might get a better chance of getting a match in the Philippines but her insurance policy won’t cover a surgery outside the U.S. Sanchez said, “We would need $100,000 to have it done there.”

Her daughter Michelle opened a GoFundMe fundraiser for donations: