Former high school athlete donating kidney to coach

During the 2006-2007 girl’s field hockey seasons at Tiverton High School, Bethanie Ferguson, who was a coach at the time, developed a special relationship with her standout mid-fielder, Rachel Motta. (Submitted photo)

The Tiverton High School ball field is where an unbreakable bond was formed.

During the 2006-2007 girl’s field hockey seasons, Bethanie Ferguson, who was a coach at the time, developed a special relationship with her standout mid-fielder, Rachel Motta.

Their goal was to stay friends.

“She’s kind, outgoing, selfless,” said Furgeson. “There’s really no way to describe Rachel.”

“I think I’ve always looked up to Beth,” said Motta.

In 2011, Motta was a bridesmaid in Ferguson’s wedding.

Their families have grown extremely close.

This past May, Ferguson, who saves lives for a living as a Fall River Paramedic, found herself on the other side of the spectrum.

A rare genetic kidney disorder lead to failing kidneys.

“My doctors told me, ‘It’s time to move you to the transplant clinic so all those friends that said they wanted to give you a kidney, it’s time to start asking them,’” said Ferguson.

Without hesitation, Motta and several others got tested.

“I was nervous that I wasn’t going to be a match,” said Motta.

It wasn’t until two months later, at a fundraiser for someone else, that Motta gave Furgeson a picture.

The picture was a road map consisting of her medical journey. Its purpose was to let her know she’d be able to continue hers.

“For a month straight, she lied to me,” said Ferguson. “And in the meantime, she had gotten all the testing done.”

The pair was given the green light.

They will head into surgery November 5, with Motta giving a kidney to Ferguson. They’re both hoping for the best possible outcome.

“Not many people would want to do that,” said Furgeson. “They would say, ‘I was born with these (kidneys) and I’m going to die with them.’ Rachel isn’t like that. Her statement was, ‘I’ve got two and I only need one.’”

“If I can give her a kidney in order to save her life so that she can see her son, that’s what I’m going to do,” said Motta.

A fundraiser at White’s of Westport in Massachusetts will be held Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to help raise funds for the pair’s medical expenses.The Tiverton High School ball field is where an unbreakable bond was formed.

During the 2006-2007 girl’s field hockey seasons, Bethanie Ferguson, who was a coach at the time, developed a special relationship with her standout mid-fielder, Rachel Motta.

Their goal was to stay friends.

“She’s kind, outgoing, selfless,” said Furgeson. “There’s really no way to describe Rachel.”

“I think I’ve always looked up to Beth,” said Motta.

In 2011, Motta was a bridesmaid in Ferguson’s wedding.

Their families have grown extremely close.

This past May, Ferguson, who saves lives for a living as a Fall River Paramedic, found herself on the other side of the spectrum.

A rare genetic kidney disorder lead to failing kidneys.

“My doctors told me, ‘It’s time to move you to the transplant clinic so all those friends that said they wanted to give you a kidney, it’s time to start asking them,’” said Ferguson.

Without hesitation, Motta and several others got tested.

“I was nervous that I wasn’t going to be a match,” said Motta.

It wasn’t until two months later, at a fundraiser for someone else, that Motta gave Furgeson a picture.

The picture was a road map consisting of her medical journey. Its purpose was to let her know she’d be able to continue hers.

“For a month straight, she lied to me,” said Ferguson. “And in the meantime, she had gotten all the testing done.”

The pair was given the green light.

They will head into surgery November 5, with Motta giving a kidney to Ferguson. They’re both hoping for the best possible outcome.

“Not many people would want to do that,” said Furgeson. “They would say, ‘I was born with these (kidneys) and I’m going to die with them.’ Rachel isn’t like that. Her statement was, ‘I’ve got two and I only need one.’”

“If I can give her a kidney in order to save her life so that she can see her son, that’s what I’m going to do,” said Motta.

A fundraiser at White’s of Westport in Massachusetts will be held Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to help raise funds for the pair’s medical expenses.

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