CHEERS to MacKenzie Dias, who gave her sister the gift of life with a donated kidney. MacKenzie, a 2009 graduate of Andover High, donated a kidney to older sister Lindsey Dias, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. The transplant surgery took place Tuesday at Massachusetts General Hospital and went well.
Cystic fibrosis is a recessive, multi-system genetic disease that leads to thick deposits of mucus in the lungs as well as several other symptoms throughout the body. Often lung, kidney, pancreas and liver transplants are needed to improve quality of life.
Lindsey had a double lung transplant at the age of 15 with her parents, Marylynne Dias of Andover and Bruce Dias, now of Tewksbury, as donors. Another Dias sister, Ashley, also had a double lung transplant at age 15 with her aunts serving as donors. Ashley, the middle of the three Dias sisters, died in 2012 while waiting for a second lung transplant.
MacKenzie Dias said in an email interview with reporter Judy Wakefield that she was not about to watch her sister Lindsey suffer the same fate as sister Ashley.
“I saw my other sister wait on a list for lungs that never came. I wasn’t letting that happen to Lindsey,” MacKenzie Dias wrote.
MacKenzie wrote that she is committed to seeing Lindsey get healthy again.
“I love my sister,” MacKenzie simply wrote. “I just love her.”
There is no greater love than that which binds a family together. The Dias sisters are shining examples of that love.
Kudos to both MacKenzie and Lindsey Dias and may they make speedy recoveries from their surgeries.
CHEERS to Billerica native Tom Glavine, who was elected yesterday to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The former Atlanta Braves star was named to the Hall along with teammate Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox. All three were elected in their first year of eligibility.
Glavine, who spent 17 seasons with the Braves, won 305 games in his 22-year career posting 2,607 strikeouts. Glavine was 2-0 in the 1995 World Series, the Braves’ championship season.
Congratulations to Glavine on his Hall of Fame honor.
JEERS to Hudson, N.H.-based Fred Fuller Oil Co., whose delivery troubles during the recent Arctic blast have left some Southern New Hampshire customers running out of heating oil.
The company blamed the problems on cold weather, huge demand and a phone system that went down for two days.
The delivery problems were bad enough for Gov. Maggie Hassan to establish a 24-hour emergency hotline for Fuller customers in danger of running out of fuel.
“I am very concerned about the news reports around delivery problems with Fred Fuller Oil Co., especially given the current cold temperatures and the potential health and safety risks to citizens,” Hassan said. “Fred Fuller is a private business, and the state has little legal authority to regulate its delivery practices. However, we do have a responsibility to act to protect the health and safety of our citizens.”
Fuller is one of the Granite State’s largest heating oil distributors and customers depend on the company to keep warm in winter. The company’s explanation for its delivery problems seems weak. It should come as no surprise to someone in the heating oil business that cold weather brings a spike in demand for heating oil.
Here’s hoping Fuller gets its deliveries back on track and better manages its supplies in the future.