Nine months ago, Christin Sheets and Marty Osborne were on operating tables at the Hershey Medical Center.
When the surgeons were finished, one of Sheets' kidneys was in her uncle, replacing his failing organs.
"I came home two days after the operation and went back to work four weeks after the surgery," Sheets said.
Osborne didn't recover as quickly.
"I spent a month in the hospital," he recalled last week. "Had bleeding [from the surgery] and digestive issues from the anesthesia. I got to come home in December. Everything has gone good since then, but they're [the doctors] dragging their feet about me going back to work."
That's at least in part because he was working as an electrician before kidney disease incapacitated him.
"I'm not supposed to be around mold or dust and that's tough if you're an electrician. Next month, I'm going to ask them if I can go back to work if I wear a mask."
That was one of his primary goals before the kidney transplant on November 6, 2018, months after his niece found they were compatible and she agreed to give one of her kidneys to her uncle.
"I get dialysis three days a week, and, the day after, I can't do much," he said last October. "Nobody needs an electrician that can only work three days a week."
Osborne was diagnosed more than four years ago and, after early treatments failed, went on dialysis in 2014. That also put him on a list for a kidney transplant.
As he waited for a donor who was a match for him, his family began to be tested. His sister was not a match, but her daughter was. That's when Sheets and Osborne began working with the surgical team at Hershey.
Now Osborne continues to recover as his doctors monitor his blood. He exercises daily, spending much of that time walking.
"My boss is ready to have me come back. He's held a job for me and he's plenty busy now," Osborne said. "All I need is for my doctors to give their OK."
Sheets, however, has completely recovered.
"It's like nothing ever happened," she said. "I have some scars, but otherwise I wouldn't know I'm missing a kidney," she said.
The experience has made her more aware of the need for donors. "If you're interested in becoming a kidney donor, please contact Amy, the transplant coordinator at Hershey Medical Center, at 717-531-6092," Sheets said.