Rep. Susie Swanson said the thought of donating a kidney once terrified her.
Swanson, a Republican legislator from Clay Center, had never been through surgery, and her tolerance for pain is not too high.
But when her neighbor’s son, whose twin brother had died of cancer, needed a new kidney to survive, Swanson felt compelled to act.
“He was very, very ill,” she says. “And they’d already lost one son.”