He was this guy's guardian angel!
The human body is remarkable in many ways, but as it grows older, certain parts stop working properly. Organs like the heart, lungs, kidneys, bones and more are essential parts to human functionality that are susceptible to failure at some point in a human’s life.
Thanks to a surgeon named Joseph Murray back in the 1990s, when certain organs fail they can be replaced with organs from another person, should that person be willing and able. Organ donations revolutionized medicine’s capabilities to extend a human’s life. However, organ transplants only work if there are enough organ donations.
Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people are on transplant lists nationwide and most of them are there for a kidney. According to the United Networked for Organ Sharing, about 20 people per day die waiting for an organ transplant. While one organ donor can save up to eight lives, the need for donors constantly outweighs the number of them.
Needless to say, when someone is lucky enough to get an organ donation, they are eternally grateful to the donor. After this person’s life was saved by a total stranger, they wrote a letter to say thank you.
One of 17,000
Over 100,000 Americans need a kidney, yet only 17,000 per year actually get one, according to the National Kidney Foundation. So when this man, whose name is unknown, became one of the 17,000 recipients in 2017, he was predictably grateful to the doctors―and even more so to the donor.
In an overwhelmingly sincere letter, the recipient thanks his donor for giving him “more basketball games, more baseball games, and more football games.”
The donor himself though, simply sees his life-saving deed as “the right thing to do.” While he is also unnamed, officially, he posted is story on Reddit as TheBartian. This man, 32, had been wanting to donate for more than 10 years, trying three separate times.
“So this was my third time to try to donate, the first time it was an uncle of a friend’s cousin or something, very far removed, there was someone else that offered to donate that was in better health than me who was a match so i didn’t donate to him.
Then there was a friend of a friend, who ended up being one of my wife’s coworkers. I got tested and we weren’t a match, but by the time they figured out we weren’t a match they had determined I was healthy enough to donate.
That same day I found out I had a second cousin that needed a kidney, but because of her medical history with lymphoma it didn’t look good that we were going to be a match,” he said.
He continued, saying, “They found someone I was match for, but after they told him they found him a match he called back the next day and told them he had a sore on his foot, which disqualified him from getting the kidney. They gave me the option of waiting for the sore on his foot to heal or giving my kidney to the backup recipient. I called them the next day and told them to give it to the backup recipient.”
That backup recipient got his kidney in January of this year. Three months later, TheBartian got this letter…