A couple of Massachusetts coworkers are “bonded for life” after one donated a kidney to the other recently. Matt Knowles was in desperate need of a new kidney after the one he got from a 2006 transplant failed 10 years later and he was spending four hours three nights a week on dialysis while working full time.
The search for a donor match was on when Ken Pefine, a guy who’s worked with Knowles for 14 years at Eversource, offered to be tested. The men were a match and had the transplant and the surgery was a success. Knowles acknowledges his colleague’s generosity is “just incredible,” but Pefine is modest about it.
“It was a no brainer for me,” Pefine says. “Matt is a good person and empowering him was important to me. He’s already been through a lot and I just really wanted to help.”