One woman's weight loss saves high school friend's life

Friend makes plea for kidney on Facebook

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SAN ANTONIO – At first, Pamela Davis' goal to lose weight began simply to manage her relationship to food. That journey kicked off in March of 2018 but began to dwindle about five months later.

"I was feeling weak," said Davis. "I was feeling like I wanted to fall off-track with my weight loss."

Soon enough Davis found life-changing inspiration on Facebook. "A girl I went to high school with posted on Facebook that she was in need of a kidney," said Davis.

That friend was Jennifer Treviño. Davis hadn't seen Treviño since freshman year in high school about 20 years ago.

"I posted by message at 12:30 on a Monday afternoon (in August), and by 6 o'clock that night I heard from Pam," said Treviño.

Davis was the only Facebook friend to offer to help Treviño through a kidney transplant. Shortly thereafter, Davis was tested and approved as a match. Doctors told her she needed to loose more weight.

Determined not only to save her own life but Treviño's life as well, Davis lost the weight. "I discovered that there's an avid runner and a person who loves fitness under all of that weight," said Davis.

Both had successful surgeries hours apart.

"She came in the next day (after surgery), and there we were, getting through it together," said Treviño.

The high school friends now lead healthier lives with a bond stronger than ever. "I call Pam my angel. I call her my blessing," said Treviño.

Davis dreams of becoming a physical trainer to inspire others, however she experiences a lot of pain due to the incision from the surgery. "I can't always work out like I would like to (because of) the pain that goes along with (the surgery)," said Davis.

Davis hopes to one day be able to have surgery to remove the residual skin.

In total, Davis has lost over 150 pounds in exactly a year.

About the Authors:

Alicia Barrera is a KSAT 12 News reporter and anchor. She is also a co-host of the streaming show KSAT News Now. Alicia is a first-generation Mexican-American, fluent in both Spanish and English with a bachelor's degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. She enjoys reading books, traveling solo across Mexico and spending time with family.

Before starting at KSAT in August 2011, Ken was a news photographer at KENS. Before that he was a news photographer at KVDA TV in San Antonio. Ken graduated from San Antonio College with an associate's degree in Radio, TV and Film. Ken has won a Sun Coast Emmy and four Lone Star Emmys. Ken has been in the TV industry since 1994.