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Miss International 2013 Bea Santiago thankful for successful kidney transplant

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Miss International 2013 Bea Santiago is elated with the new beginning she received after undergoing a successful kidney transplant.

The Pinay beauty queen was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2018. In 2020, she admitted to undergoing dialysis five times a week. Since then, she has been waiting for a kidney donor.

Lucky for her, she found her match in her brother’s “bean.” Her brother donated a kidney to help save her life.

Even with her condition, Bea has been showing positivity and trying to spread awareness of CKD. She earlier said she didn’t want sympathy or pity.

Bea stated, “I am blessed, and I will continue to spread positivity to the world. I am in a good place now, but my heart isn’t. It’s not easy and will only get harder! I am not asking for sympathy I am asking for awareness.”

With her successful kidney transplant, she thanked her brother, and she feels grateful for all the kindness she has received. She admitted feeling “brand new, loved and renewed.”

Bea happily wrote on Instagram, “NEW KIDNEY WHO THIS? Thank you to my baby brother’s love and bean. I am changed. Thank you, world for showing me kindness and patience and of course to my family, friends, and strangers for your support, countless prayers, and positive energy.”

“FINALLY AFTER THE 3rd TIME AND 3 YEARS OF DIALYSIS! I FEEL BRAND NEW!!! I FEEL LOVED AND RENEWED! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!” Bea exclaimed.

Bea also praised the Pinay nurses and personnel at the Toronto General Hospital for their assistance. She shared she was “ugly crying” before her brother’s surgery.

Bea received warm messages from her fellow beauty queens, Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Young, Maggie Wilson, Rachel Peters, MJ Lastimosa, and many others.

Congratulations on your successful operation, Bea! Salute to your brother.

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