How far would you go to save the person you love? Probably as far as you humanly could. How far would you go to save a stranger? You may have seen the story of Larry Swilling. Larry’s wife of 57 years, Jimmy Sue needed a kidney transplant. Her kidney was failing, and eventually it would kill her.
You may remember Larry’s story from last year. His wife needed a kidney, and Larry wasn’t a match, so he didn’t mind asking for help if it meant saving his loved one. So at 77, Larry marched around his hometown wearing a sign saying “Need Kidney 4 Wife”.
“I had to do something. She looks after me, and I look after her” a sobbing Larry told CBS reporter Steve Hartman.
When Larry’s story first appeared, thousands of people called to see if they could donate a kidney. Of those thousands, about 100 went through the testing to see if they were a match.
“There’s a mighty bunch of good people out there, just wanting to help” Larry said.
After a full year of searching, Larry finally met his miracle match. She is a 41 year old retired Navy Lt. Commander named Kelly Weaverling.
“Have you ever had a feeling, that was just a strong gut feeling that you just went with your instinct, because you just knew it was right? That’s exactly what happened” Kelly said of her actions.
The surgery was a success, and now Larry’s mission is to find other donors for others in need.
But Larry is struggling with how to say thanks for such an amazing gift. “There’s not enough words.” He said.
But Kelly says no thanks are needed. “Just take care of your wife. Just take care of her”
Judging by his love for his wife, I don’t think that will be difficult.
Source: CBS News