Dennis Borowski

'Hero' Son Partakes In Kidney Swap To Save His Mother's Life

April 11, 2018 - 12:15 pm

By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

Mothers will literally give their children life, so when Dennis Borowski had the chance to do the same for his mom, it was an easy choice to make.


Dennis’ mother Nisa was diagnosed with Goodpasture syndrome, an autoimmune disease that attacks the kidneys, and because of it, they were failing.

After finding out he was not a match for a kidney donation, the 27-year-old Michigan man was determined to find another way to help her, so he participated in a kidney swap; Dennis would give his kidney to a stranger and in return, his mother would get a kidney from one of their relatives.

The surgeries were an incredible success and afterwards, Nisa went into her son's hospital room to tell him he is her hero.

Dennis replied, "I don’t feel like a hero. I'm just a simple guy who lives a relatively ordinary life."

In a blog post on Love What Matters, Dennis explained how he found out about his mother's condition after getting a late-night call from his grandmother. "She said that my mother was in the hospital… My heart raced as I thought of all the things that could be wrong. What we found out over the days to come would offer me so many sleepless nights."

"After spending time in three different hospitals, doctors were able to determine that my mother’s kidneys were failing," he says. "Kidney failure is common with Goodpasture syndrome, but less than 30% of patients need long-term dialysis. An even smaller number of people require a kidney transplant. My mom was one of the latter, and was set to be put on the national transplant list."

"There was never a moment of doubt as to whether or not I would be my mother's donor."

Read more about Dennis & Nisa's story HERE.