Posted: May 06, 2015 6:47 PMUpdated: May 06, 2015 7:17 PM
By Chris Tanaka
Jeremy and Jasmine in March 2014
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Twins Jeremy and Jasmine Ioane are recovering in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Punahou grads are on the mend after Jasmine, older by an hour, donated one of her kidneys to Jeremy.
Jeremy, a star safety on the Boise State football team, was suffering from kidney disease. Jasmine was a match, and made a quick decision to donate to her brother.
At the hospital, their mother was equal parts joyous, and relieved.
“Today is a much better day. They both got up, were both walking around the room, Face-timed with some family back home,” said DorisIoane.Doris also said the two spent all of Tuesday recovering in separate rooms. Today they were each able to get up and visit one another.
Jasmine went into the operating room around 7:30am Tuesday, Jeremy followed approximately 45 minutes later. According to Doris, Jasmine got out of surgery around 10:30a, with Jeremy following around noon.
“The doctors were like ‘Any questions or concerns’? And I was like ‘yes, bring my babies back to me!'” she said with a chuckle.
Doctors have told Jasmine she could be discharged within 48 hours. Jeremy will remain at the hospital for 4-5 days before he’s released. After that, there will be a series of checkups to ensure the transplanted kidney takes.
It will be a lengthy healing process, but the Ioane’s are expressing profound appreciation for the support they have, and continue to receive
“We could have not get through this without the love of Hawaii, Hawaii nei, Bronco nation, the love of our family, everyone. Tremendous help, love and support,” said Doris.
In addition to the emotional support, a fund to defray medical costs has already raised 76,000 dollars.
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