Incredible kidney transplant chain saves lives
Couple shares amazing story
- Duration 6:34
- Date Jan 12, 2013
Couple shares amazing story
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Wait until you hear this story our next guest Jenna Daniels was born would only -- -- kidney doctors told her parents' issue would not live long.
But she beat the odds she grew up she got married and at the -- 25 she found herself.
In a nightmare situation she desperately needed a transplant that's -- -- father donated one of his kidneys but it didn't work at her body rejected that -- Within a year she was on dialysis and that's she turned to her husband's.
Joining us with the rest of their story is -- And Sean -- great to see you guys thanks for being there and -- a case -- -- you needed you desperately needed a kidney you were on dialysis and of course the natural person to detonate it is your husband.
But you couldn't donate -- to -- because you were a match.
Right so how did you jet get involved with the national kidney registry how -- they help you find a kidney.
Well once we figured it out that we needed -- and he wasn't a match.
Actually his father -- also that tested at a had a friend from work get tested.
And at that time they caught and sent to him you know we do have this other program that you can do if you would like to deal -- -- -- program work.
Am elect he got tested and went through everything and it's very strict testing.
And sell his kidney they put you island -- -- at spreadsheet at some -- and it comes up if his match as someone.
And there are some -- the match is mine and we were part of the longest chain.
You're part of the longest kidney chain ever meaning that it was sort of -- -- pay it forward philosophy.
You had to give a kidney.
For Janet to get a kidney.
Easy now because you rejected at first -- Down well.
-- -- high blood pressure was.
They're for us he is your.
Before then you're going to be healthy afterwards.
How overly worried about fifty.
Fifty -- how long it take you to get in good enough shape to donate a kidney -- -- -- -- months and ten months I've really.
-- strict on everything and -- well you have great discipline you were but you are farmer -- that make it easier.
-- because time.
I don't like the failed thing.
Never give up -- Anderson so you did it.
You did it and you you passed the test and then you able to donate a kidney.
And then -- you were able to get a kidney what was that moment like when you found that you -- on.
And it was amazing they had they called less than we had two matches before and just before am.
-- the other person somebody in her -- had gotten a kidney so that they cancel the chain says then it was the third line.
And it was amazing I'm on my birthday I was -- dialysis and I told them I said you know -- it.
I'm not going to be here next year I have faith I want -- me and I took my birthday -- allow.
And I'm sixty I get a kidney that is so great by god you -- -- do you know who gave you the kidney.
I do yes the -- is not that person and his name is David and he lives in Michigan Wisconsin -- -- him.
Yes and he was also donating for his.
A friend's girlfriend with a and his girlfriend so not yet been a total stranger who gave you -- have you ever meant to meet David.
And I have talked to him on offense and I have is my friend on FaceBook but settled yes not actually -- -- him now.
We have a surprise for you.
David is here because he wants it's making you.
Brian David -- commitment -- -- here and David come on nice to meet you.
Play him you and ID EF.
-- -- and need to listen to insert it now all.
It is great to have you guys here together -- David what is it like to.
At least he -- impersonate you -- it.
And let helped.
It did their -- Tell us what you're feeling like you're feeling emotional about this.
My donation -- -- for my daughter.
More so -- her mother her mother and I had separated we had a bad -- but.
Even still six months after a hell was -- That's a picture of your daughter and she was on dialysis.
My -- my ex girlfriends on dialysis and when I was five my mother died until my daughter to experience.
-- I -- I donated.
-- -- not human knowledge.
Not so beautiful so that your daughter would be.
Be left obviously without a mom.
That's beautiful Janet what do you think get his story of how they saw him to -- amazing because I wouldn't be here if you look different.
These two men and god that's.
Them right then and this is really an incredible story of the chain events of generosity.
Because you were brave enough.
To donate your kidney and give it to someone.
Then you were eligible to get a kidney because you wanted to make sure that your daughter wasn't left without a mom I mean there's really what do you think the message is here -- I'm just to give NB a patent -- -- got -- -- because it's.
In am we're out here is part of that.
Careful where you -- in Dayton.
And threw it on the -- -- with her father -- troubles.
Two -- an interest troubles by donating.
And into the battle with the place today donated that.
Before they'd fixed the problem that they traded on me almost the entire year.
It's certainly not -- in battle absolutely it is not a decision to be entered into.
-- it's a worthwhile get just choose.
-- the hostility you go through nation you have an actual -- and it's taken care you and -- carry you after.
The main part is after -- -- that's as Canadians -- open to decide.
Absolutely you have to research it and it you don't enter into it lightly but it can save somebody's life change somebody's life that's -- beautiful so.
Jana and -- Daniels it's great to meet you guys congratulations.
David and panache thanks so much for coming in after meeting these guys and for your story in your generosity is there.
We'll be -- -- doesn't remember for the -- thanks for coming here.