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Samantha Hall honored on National Youth Service Day in Torrington.

POSTED April 15, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: It was supposed to occur on April 2, 2014.

It’s still on hold at the moment but all involved are hoping the day that a young Torrington girl gets her new kidney will be sooner rather than later.

10-year old Samantha Hall, who captured the community of Torrington with her story and search for a life-saving gift that was found earlier this spring, waits as doctors make sure the timing of her surgery is just right.

On Tuesday, members of the family and the donor, Raymond Fracasso, where at the Coe Park Civic Center in downtown Torrington being honored on National Youth Service Day.

Samantha was being honored for her work in bringing awareness to the condition that went from bad to worse late in 2013 when her kidney’s all but stopped functioning at seven percent of what they should have been.

Torrington Mayor Elinor Carbone and 65th District State Representative Michelle Cook presented awards to nearly 100 young people for their various efforts in helping their community.

It’s a complicated process, this kidney transplant procedure. While the process has slowed, all involved are confident that it will get done soon.

“I’m just trying to keep myself good and healthy,” Fracasso said. “I’m drinking my water and doing what I need to do to be ready for Sam.”

Months of dialysis have been administered by the family, many of whom have been trained to do it at home, saving Sam from having to make the trip to Hartford on a daily basis.

The awareness Sam’s case has brought to kidney disease, especially in young people, has been remarkable.

Of the 1000’s of cases reported in Connecticut, it is thought that none of those in need were of Sam’s age, making it even more challenging for the family without a source to reference.

While no date is imminent, all involved are hoping things get resolved so all who have given so much in this process see the desired result; a healthy and recovering 10-year old named Samantha Hall.

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