One 69-year-old woman received the life-saving liver. In a saintly gesture, she gives away to a woman in need.
After a years wait on the organ donor recipient list, Brenda Jones was told she was a match. Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas was scheduled to perform the liver transplant surgery on the older woman until a sudden change of events.
Abigail Flores was a 23-year-old also on the same organ transplant list. She had been waiting patiently for a miracle. Sadly, luck hadn’t been on her side. Doctors advised the young woman, at best, she would last a few short days without a new liver.
The medical staff asked Brenda if she would consider donating the organ to Abigail. Brenda’s situation wasn’t dire and it was highly unlikely they would find another matching liver in the next 36 hours for the young woman.
“The judgment behind it seemed very clear, but it still felt unorthodox nonetheless,” said Dr. Greg McKenna, a transplant surgeon at Baylor Hospital.
Then, something completely unexpected happened. The older woman answered “yes.” Brenda had been on the organ donor wait list for over a year and didn’t mind waiting a little longer if it meant keeping a young woman alive.
The life-saving transplant surgery went on without any complications. Abigail and her father couldn’t have been more grateful to the 69-year-old woman. In a tear-filled hug, he let out a “thank you.”
“I think she saved my life,” Flores said. “If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be sitting right here right now. I thank God for her each and every day.”
In the end, everyone was happy. Only a few days later another matching liver became available. Brenda’s good deed actually paid off.
See the two woman become friends at the hospital in the clip below!