Brooklyn Woman Celebrates Life After Receiving 5 New Organs

A Brooklyn woman has many reasons to be thankful this New Years Eve.

In junior high, Kristin Molini, 22, was diagnosed with intestinal dysmotililty, a rare medical condition which paralyzed her digestive organs. Just 8 months ago, Molini was 74 pounds and was hooked up to an IV for the nutrition she needed to survive, according to the New York Daily News.

Shortly after her diagnosis, Molini was put on a transplant list at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, but the search for a donor grew increasingly hard because of her rare blood type and small frame.

Last spring the Gravesend resident was reportedly added to the list at Columbia.

Finally in May, Molini received a call about a match from a 6-year-old boy in Mississippi who apparently died by a traumatic injury.

Doctors performed surgery the same night. In all, Molini received five organs, surviving a rare 13-hour surgery known as multivisceral transplantation. She received a new stomach, liver, pancreas and large and small intestine.

Molini said she is very grateful to be alive. She plans on ringing in the New Year with family and friends.

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