NEW ORLEANS —

Melissa Naquin made this past Christmas one to remember for her 12-year-old daughter, Alyse.

For nearly two years, Alyse has battled kidney disease and was in need of a transplant. It just so happens that Melissa was a perfect match.

“I gave her life once, and I said, ‘Why not? We’re gonna give her life again,'” Melissa said.

“It’s very special that my mom gave me a kidney,” Alyse said. “To not be on dialysis…