FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two childhood friends from Minnesota are recovering at a North Dakota hospital after one gave the other a life-changing gift.

Julie Lundquist received a kidney from her longtime friend, Deb Brogard, WDAY-TV reported . Lundquist is now recouping at Sanford Hospital in Fargo.

"I am feeling good, a little emotional," Lundquist said.

She said she learned that she needed a transplant to survive after going through a year of dialysis. She later used social media to ask for help in finding a donor.

"That was the biggest part for me, having to ask that someone to do this for me," Lundquist said.

Brogard said she volunteered without hesitation. She went through weeks of physical and psychological testing.

"I had this gut feeling that it would be me," Brogard said.

She said being a donor is an honor and a blessing. She hopes more people think about becoming a "living donor."

Many patients on a kidney waiting list can receive a cadaveric donation, but several can have a transplant with help from a living donor. Tests are conducted to determine kidney compatibility.

"It is just overwhelming, I have cried so many tears over this," Lundquist said.

Sanford Health said kidneys from living donors usually function immediately and there are fewer chances for rejection.


Information from: WDAY-TV, http://wday.com