ORANGE (CBSLA) — What does a son give his mother for Mother’s Day when she gives him the gift of life for a second time?

Fabian Pardo, who was suffering from end-stage kidney disease, was in dire need of a transplant and his mother turned out to be a perfect match.

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It wasn’t as easy as simply undergoing surgery, however. Doctors wouldn’t allow Amalia Ramirez to donate without losing some weight, so she changed her diet and started doing Zumba to drop the pounds.

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The transplant surgery took place two weeks ago, and doctors at UCI Medical Center now say Pardo and Ramirez are both recovering well.

“My mama gave me her kidney, a second life, after she gave birth to me, and so I feel blessed,” Pardo said, tearing up.

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The doctor says Pardo should be back to his normal lifestyle in about six to eight weeks.