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The day before their Dec. 7 surgeries Kathy Lamping and her brother, Robert Lamping, hold comfort pillows a friend made for them. Kathy donated a kidney to her brother earlier this month. (Submitted Photo)

Kidney donation: Bemidji woman gives brother new life

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On Dec. 7, Kathy Lamping wished her brother Robert Lamping both happy birthday and merry Christmas before they both went into surgery, she to donate a kidney and he to receive the kidney from her.

"I'm very grateful - words aren't enough," said Robert choking up from emotion. "She's a hero."

"He's a wonderful brother," said Kathy. "I'm really close to him. I only have one brother. I'm glad I did that for him. I'm feeling wonderful."

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