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Navy Sailor's Kidney Saves Teen's Life

Wife of deceased Marine reaches out to mother of girl who received donated kidney

By Danya Bacchus, Monica Garske and Lauren Steussy
|  Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012  |  Updated 7:01 AM PDT
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Teen Gets Kidney Transplant, Graduates High School

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Salma Al-Hinn (L) and Kenny Nosik will forever be connected.

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Navy Sailor's Kidney Saves Teen's Life

Kenny Nosik, 26, a sailor in the U.S. Navy lost his life and 17-year old Salma Al-Hinn is getting a new start to hers. The two never met but are forever connected. NBC 7s Danya Bacchus reports.

Teen Gets Kidney Transplant, Graduates High School

Student Salma Al-Hinn received a kidney transplant this week, causing her to miss her graduation from Mt. Carmel High School. On Friday, a special grad ceremony was held for the teen at Rady Children's Hospital. NBC 7's Danya Bacchus reports.
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The widow of a local Sailor now has a connection to her husband, through a Mt. Carmel High School teen who received the Marine's donated kidney.

After four years of dialysis and hospital visits, 17-year-old Salma Al-Hinn received a long-awaited transplant kidney.

The successful transplant was first reported by NBC 7 San Diego, after Al-Hinn celebrated her graduation at Rady's Children's Hospital.

Yvonne Azalea Nosik lost her husband, Kenneth Andrew Nosik, earlier this month. Yvonne saw the segment about Al-Hinn and knew the teen must have received her husband's donated kidney.

Al-Hinn's mother attended Kenneth's funeral Monday. She was one of very few mourners in attendance, as Kenneth's family couldn't afford to attend, and his friends were all deployed on the USS Vandergrift.

The struggle to find enough people to honor her husband's life appeared on Craigslist, where she went searching for six Navy men to serve as pallbearers.

"I got desperate and turned to Craigslist," she wrote. "I met my husband on this site. May he rest in peace."

The funeral was held Monday in Chula Vista. There, Al-Hinn's mother said Yvonne is part of her family now.

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