A Texas woman recently donated her kidney to a stranger in NJ, saving his life.
In June, 48-year-old Roy McIntosh received a kidney transplant at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden from Heather Schafer, who lives in Harker Heights, Texas.
In accordance with CBN News, Schafer learned that McIntosh needed a kidney transplant after his wife, Toshira Maldonado-McIntosh, published a post on “The Laughing Christian” Facebook group last December requesting prayers on her behalf husband.
“Please pray for my hubby that God sends a sort B+ living kidney donor to him,” her post read. “We have confidence in God for magic. Please pray for him.”
While Toshira didn’t know anyone in the group, she hoped God would send the proper match on her behalf husband.
Heather noted that she knew that she’d be the someone to donate her kidney to McIntosh once she read his wife’s message.
“I browse the message and thought, ‘That’s for me personally,'” she recalled. “Somehow, I simply knew I had a component to play. So, I messaged the girl about 30 minutes later and wrote, ‘I am B+ [blood type], and Let me look into easily can donate my kidney.'”
“Do you know the odds a Caribbean man in NJ and a female from Scotland surviving in Texas even would find each other, aside from be compatible?” she asked.
Almost a year and tests later, it had been revealed that both strangers were an ideal match.
“The best thing about organ transplant is that it offers an improved rate of survival and dramatically allows recipients to lead more normal lives,” Virtua Advanced Transplant & Organ Health transplant surgeon Dr. John Radomski said.
“Dialysis, specifically, takes a restrictive lifestyle and may be quite taxing,” he added. “When on dialysis, you’re essentially asking a machine to accomplish in a couple of hours what the kidneys would normally do during the period of a couple of days. It takes a whole lot out of someone.”
In McIntosh’s case, he underwent dialysis three days weekly, five hours each day. Today, he could be no longer necessary to undergo the procedure.
“Personally i think 20 years younger!” McIntosh shared.
He believes that it had been God’s intend to find him an ideal match.
Eight weeks after having an effective surgery, McIntosh and his family visited Schafer for the very first time.
“We love Heather, and we have been forever grateful,” McIntosh said.
Schafer, who chronicled her story on YouTube, summarized their story this way: “Perfect stranger, perfect match, perfect God.”
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