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Nashua salon owner readies to donate kidney to employee’s husband

Union Leader Correspondent

June 24. 2013 7:02PM
Loreen Silva, left, will be donating one of her kidneys to Jeremy Drescher, right, on July 1. Silva, a Nashua hair stylist, employs Drescher’s wife at her Main Street salon. (COURTESY)

NASHUA — A local salon owner is about to embark on a major medical journey that she hopes will provide a better lifestyle for a man she barely knew just a few months ago.

Loreen Silva, owner of Accent On You on Main Street, will be temporarily putting down the styling tools when she donates one of her kidneys to an employee’s husband on July 1.

“For some reason, this transplant just seems natural to me — like it is what is suppose to happen,” said Silva, 30. “I only need one kidney, and I know that my second kidney will be giving someone else the quality of life that they deserve. The body works in such amazing ways.”

Silva has agreed to donate her kidney to Jeremy Drescher, a Merrimack resident who was born with a medical condition called Eagle-Barrett syndrome, or prune belly syndrome, which caused urinary tract system defects.

Although Drescher, 39, previously underwent a similar kidney transplant about 14 years ago, he learned last year that he is again in end-stage renal disease.

While starting dialysis, Drescher began searching for a few possible donors, but none of them worked out. His wife, Betty, was also tested and found to be a good match, but she was eventually ruled out because of high blood pressure.

“I knew how devastating it was for Betty when she couldn’t donate,” said Silva, who employs Betty at her salon. “I decided immediately that I would get tested. I would only hope that if it was me or my husband, that someone would do the same thing for us.”

To everyone’s surprise, Silva turned out to be a perfect match for Drescher. Although it was shocking news, Silva said she never hesitated about making the serious commitment.

The wife and mother of three children said it was an easy decision that will ultimately be life-changing for the Dreschers.

“It doesn’t concern me that I will only have one kidney. I have done my research and I have spoken to donors and recipients to fully understand the process and risks,” she said. “This is somebody’s life, and it is not a game. These are two very hardworking and decent people who need a helping hand.”

Silva says she is an optimistic, and is not focusing on the ‘what if’ scenarios that could arise during or after the transplant. Instead, she is focusing on how it will make a positive impact on her employee’s husband and their marriage.

“This is a tremendous blessing,” said a grateful Drescher. “It is just such a remarkable act of kindness, and it is definitely more overwhelming than anything.”

Drescher says he is excited and nervous about the upcoming transplant surgery on Monday at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

He hopes the new kidney and lack of dialysis treatments will enable him to return to work and begin a new era of his life. Drescher previously worked as a chef and food service director, but had to leave employment to focus on his health and try to combat the illness that has taken over his body.

Drescher expects that his insurance may only cover 80 percent of the kidney transplant, which will leave a large bill to foot along with his recovery. Anyone wishing to contribute to Jeremy’s Medical Expense Fund may visit

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