ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca woman donated a kidney to a stranger in Brooklyn, saving his life, news reports say.

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Last week, Margery Lipenski, 58, underwent surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and her kidney went to Jerry Fox, who has lived with kidney disease for nearly four years, according to CBS2 in New York. 

Lipenski reached out to Brooklyn-based kidney matchmaker, Chaya Lipschutz, in April telling her she wanted to help someone, the New York Post reports. 

The article states that Lipenski’s O negative blood  — which makes her a universal donor — was one of the things that made her an eligible donor for Fox and the surgery was set up about three weeks ago.

Fox, 68, told The Post that he hopes to form a friendship with Lipenski after the surgery and intends to go on to help others with kidney problems.

“I feel that, at this point in my life, I want to do something to help somebody else. It’s just what I want to do,” Lipenski told The Post. “If I can enhance someone else’s life by doing this, then that’s what it’s going to be.”

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Jolene Almendarez

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