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ISS2 2016

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unsuccessful. Yet, without hesitation, Lovenstein made the 3,000-mile trip to California to test for her candidacy and organ compatibility with Maggelet. Maggelet remembered his conversation with Lovenstein after her tests. She didn't need to wait for the results. She just knew. "She looked at me and said, 'You know this is going to happen, right?' I said, 'Patricia, I sure hope it will'. So she goes, 'Frank, you don't understand. This is going to happen.' She was confident the entire time." On Nov. 25, 2015, Maggelet received the official results. "I'll never forget it. It was Thanksgiving eve," recalled Maggelet. His wife and daughter got the call while he was at the dialysis center. When he returned home, his family revealed the good news. Doctors approved Patricia Lovenstein as an organ match. "My wife started crying, then my girls started crying, then I started crying," remembered Maggelet. "It was so surreal because Patricia always said this was going to happen. It's not that I didn't believe it. I just didn't want to get my hopes up." Typically, the coordination of such a complicated surgery takes time and Maggelet had no idea how long he would have to wait. "Patricia was on a mission," Maggelet said. "She made it happen. She told the hospital to book the procedure. She's coming. Patricia was so on top of it. She wouldn't accept a delay for anything." On January 12, 2016, at UCI Medical Center in Orange County, California, doctors successfully completed the transplant surgeries. Today one of Lovenstein's healthy kidneys fully functions inside Maggelet, filtering his blood without the need for a machine. "Having a kidney transplant makes my life so much more enjoyable," said Maggelet. "My prognosis is good. The kidney is working. My life has changed tremendously for the better. I can now be more involved with my family. I have no limitations." "I am so thankful for her," expressed a grateful Maggelet. "Patricia isn't a woman that knew me well. She just knew I was in the military and I have a wife and kids." "Our daughter Olivia is a nursing student at University of New Hampshire and a member of the ROTC program," said Lovenstein. "In May she will graduate and be commissioned into the United States Army. As you can see, the military is a huge part of my life." Lovenstein's father also served in the Army during the Korean War. Lovenstein's husband added, "She's been serving just as long as I have, just not in a uniform. It's amazing what she did for Frank and for her dedication to the military." As Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "To leave the world a bit better… to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." "Frank gave 32 years to our country and I'm honored to have done [what I did]," said Patricia Lovenstein. "And to see him with his two young girls after surgery and to know that he has a greater opportunity ahead of him, has made all this worthwhile. My heart is full of joy and gratitude." — Story by PA1 Gina Ruoti, Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, 11th District Frank with his daughters, Tayla and Rayna, in the the recovery room after his transplant operation. Issue 2 • 2016 � RESERVIST 17

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