Man's Death Helps Save Sister's Life

By: Mark Kennedy Email
By: Mark Kennedy Email

Anthony Petitt, 23, said he wanted to get tested to see if he could donate his kidney to his sister. Jessica Bowels was diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy, a kidney disorder, at 13 years old and now needed a transplant at the age of 21. Anthony had the paperwork to do so, but then tragedy struck. On Monday, Petitt was involved in a very serious car crash just outside Carlisle in Nicholas County. Doctors told his parents he was not going to make it. So, quickly they decided to donate his organs, with one stipulation. "I told them that his sister would get his kidney if it was a match," said Cheryl Perkins, Anthony and Jessica's Mom. It was a match and Jessica was rushed to the hospital to prepare for the transplant. Now, a day later it appears to be a success and Jessica says she feels better than she has in more than 10 years.


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  • by SAHBREA Location: U.S.A on Oct 1, 2007 at 02:31 PM
    JESSICA YOUR BROTHER MUST HAVE REALLY LOVED YOU I MEAN HE WAS GOING TO GIVE YOU HIS KIDDNEY AND YOU TELL HIM IN YOUR PRAYERS THAT HE IS A VERY SPECIAL BOY AND EVERYONE IN HEAVEN WILL NOT ONLY APRECIATE HIM FOR COMING INTO GODS HANDS BUT ALSO APRECIATE HIM FOR THE GOOD BROTHER THAT HE WAS AND STILL IS.
  • by Jessica Location: Morehead on Sep 13, 2007 at 04:59 PM
    I will miss Anthony very much. He will always be my bubby no matter what. I got the greatest gift of all from him and now I carry a peice of him with me.I would like to thank everyone for there thoughts and prayers. Oh im doing great and improving each day.
  • by Cheryl Location: carlisle ky on Sep 11, 2007 at 05:36 PM
    WE would like to say thank you to everyone for keeping us in they're thoughts and prayers. Jessica was able to come home yesterday and is doing well. But now is the time for our family to try and put the pieces together with one missing. But to everyone out there if you ever thought about organ donation. Please make sure your family knows your wishes or that you have a living will as to what you want donated. Again thank you
  • by Courtney Location: Carlisle on Sep 10, 2007 at 02:44 PM
    I was so proud of Anthony when he told me he wanted to give Jess his kidney. He was my boyfriend and my best friend and I will always love him and I know everyone else will also. I am so thankful that Jess got his kidney, I know this isn't how she wanted it, but I know he wanted her to have it.
  • by joe Location: morehead on Sep 7, 2007 at 04:08 AM
    as the father of Jessica and Anthony it is not an easy thing to do,losing a child is the hardest thing i have ever had to face,but Anthony was a true hero and because of that he can live on through Jessica. So as a plea from a parent on both side here please,please be ahero to someone else, please be an organ donor,I am.
  • by Jaime Location: Grayson on Sep 7, 2007 at 03:28 AM
    GOD be with you all in your time of sorrow - you are in our thoughts and prayers!
  • by Mark Location: Lexington on Sep 7, 2007 at 12:17 AM
    As I read this during the early morning hours, it helps me reflect on the precious life around me and of those in need. I hasten to think something good came from a trajedy such as this. Nonetheless, there are always reasons for many things that can never be explained or understood. I am not a highly religious person. Yet, this reaffirms my spirituality and believe in God. Often I pity myself for various reasons, only to see something of this nature prevail to lower me or raise me up to the stardards I should live my life. My thoughts to the family whom I have never known. Your sons passing and your daughters reliving should and will attest to others what it means to have faith.
  • by Diane Location: Richmond on Sep 6, 2007 at 09:05 PM
    A family's tradegy and miracle in a few short hours. God bless this family, I pray for your healing physically, emotionally and spiritually.
  • by the vermillion,s Location: ky on Sep 6, 2007 at 06:20 PM
    such a sad story we are sorry keep your faith god bless you get well soon jess anthony was a good guy he will live on
  • by the mcknight Location: cumberland ky on Sep 6, 2007 at 06:13 PM
    we are sorry for your lost we loved anthony we will pray for jess god bless you mike net leisha kids
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