Two lives, one liver

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Two long time friends are celebrating the anniversary of sharing a liver.
"You can't describe how important it is. She gave me a new life and I love her for that!" said Myra Kosse, the liver recipient.

After a battle with liver disease Myra Kosse required a transplant.

Her best friend Peggy was a match and willing donor, so she gave Myra part of her liver.

"It really wasn't that bad, I was out of work for three months, but it paid for it," said Peggy Bartholomay, the donor.

It's now been a year since the life-saving surgery and the pair were celebrating at the Bismarck Elk's Lodge Saturday night with a whole crowd of friends and family.

"You don't realize just how sick you are until you're well. After this past year of healing I think it's time to celebrate being alive, being healthy," said Kosse.

They are especially thankful to the medical staff that successfully saw them through the ordeal.

About 66% of North Dakotans are registered donors, which is 12 percent higher than the national average, despite this there is always a demand for more.