He was this guy's guardian angel!
The letter reads:
“Hello, my name is [redacted].
I am 63 years old and I have a son named S. When S. was 6 years old his mother passed away after battling cancer for 5 years.
This has put me and my son very close. After many years I remarried a lady named [redacted].
We live on a small farm in a town called [redacted].
I now have 3 grandsons named [redacted], [redacted],and [redacted]. My son and my 3 grand sons are my life, I do not do anything without one of the 4.
Because of the gift you gave me on Jan 5th 2017 I think I will get to see more basketball games, more baseball games, and more football games.
I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, because of you I am going to have a better and longer life.
Thank you, [redacted]”
TheBartian was determined to help someone, and he was vocal about wanting to donate. “… Initially my parents, siblings, and wife thought it was just a phase. The more I researched it the more I saw it was just the right thing to do. My wife eventually came on board, I’m not sure anyone else ever really did,” he said.
Speaking of the process, TheBartian said:
“It wasn’t bad at all, the surgery was early on a Thursday and I was out of the hospital Saturday afternoon. The things that hurt the worst didn’t last but a few seconds, pulling out the catheter after the surgery and they had to dry shave part of my chest, I have a very hairy chest, a few days before the surgery for a scan.
The doctor put a lot of numbing medicine on the inside so it didn’t really hurt, I only took the prescription pain medicine for a few days and that was only when i went to bed to help me sleep.”
This experience has led TheBartian into a healthier way of living. “A few years ago I was working 12 hour days and the company brought in lunch and dinner and I ballooned up to 250 pounds, in only 5’8″. Wanting to donate my kidney was the reason I lost all the weight,” he explained of his new lifestyle.
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