YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A mother who was desperately searching for a kidney for her son is now breathing a sigh of relief.

On Wednesday, Luis Garcia has a new kidney and no longer depends on dialysis.

It was last June when Naida Gonzalez contacted us about her son. Garcia was diagnosed with kidney failure about four years ago. He had been diabetic since he was 12 years old.

Gonzalez says it was diabetes that eventually led to his kidneys failing.

The successful transplant took place in Pittsburgh about a month ago. Gonzalez was worried about what would happen to her son if he didn’t find an organ match.

“If I leave this world, he’s going to keep on living, and like he said, he wanted to get out of the machine, so he’s out of the machine,” she said.

Gonzalez offers some advice for those waiting for a kidney match — never give up.