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    In the Loop: A Christmas gift to remember

In the Loop patient Kevin O'Connor and his sister Mary BauerMary Bauer had known for years that this day would come. The fact that it came on Christmas Eve was just a bonus. "It's just kind of funny that it worked out that way," she tells us.

Symbolic timing aside, the lifesaving kidney donation that Mary gave her younger brother, Kevin O'Connor, at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus the day before Christmas is a gift he'll always remember and be grateful for. "I really can't put it into words," Kevin tells us. "There's no doubt there's a stronger bond between us now. And there's no question every Dec. 24 from now on will be special and a great new memory for us."

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This story originally appeared on the In the Loop blog.