In the course of her job as Photo Director for People.com, she learned about a fellow New York mum of two who was desperately in need of a kidney transplant.
Ilysa Winick had contracted a near-fatal blood infection in June last year which caused her vital organs to shut down.  As if that was not challenging enough, Ilysa then developed gangrene and lost both her hands and feet.
Catriona was so moved by the plight of this woman who lived nearby in Manhattan and also had two young boys that she decided there and then to see if her kidneys were a match.
Catriona’s extended family were on board from the offset.
“My family were fully supportive from the moment I shared my plan,” she says.  “My mother sent me this quote from the prophet Gilbran right after I spoke to her about it; ‘You give but little when you give of your possessions. …
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