Elaine Kear has received two gifts of life from her parents -- one kidney each.
"I keep saying 'thank you' to them but it just sounds so insignificant," a recovering Ms. Kear told reporters this week.
Ms. Kear, 45, returned to the Wessex Regional Renal and Transplant Center in Portsmouth, England, for her second transplant two months ago.
She was 17 when doctors discovered one kidney defective since birth, while another was failing. Ms. Kear underwent dialysis before receiving a kidney donated by her mother, Sheila Corry, in 1976.
Sheila Corry's transplanted kidney began failing last year, and by February, Ms. Kear was on dialysis again. When her parents visited her in March, Ms. Kear was so ill "it was heartbreaking to see," said Derek Corry, Ms. Kear's father. Corry, 66, offered her a kidney.