When Mona Libin received a new kidney in August 2004, she also got a second chance at a normal life.p>Before her kidney transplant at the University of Minnesota, Mona had been on dialysis—an often grueling process through which a machine performs the kidneys' normal function of cleansing the blood.
"If you know anything about dialysis, you know it's a terrible way to live," says her husband, Alvin Libin. "After the transplant, Mona was able to do the things she had done before. She was an avid golfer and loved gardening and traveling. Those are things she couldn't do on dialysis."