EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


January 9, 2014

Editorial: Some cheers, some jeers for our recent newsmakers

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.

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