A Minnesota mother donated her kidney to a firefighter as a thank you for saving her daughter two years ago.
Becca Bundy called 9-1-1 one evening in August 2016 when her one-year-old Hadley got a shock attack at home.
Bill Cox, 66, a firefighter following first aid, responded to the call and managed to stabilize the child before an ambulance arrived.
& # 39; He seemed to care much, it wasn't just a phone call, & # 39; said Becca KARE 11, a local TV network.
Two years later, last October, Becca ran into Bill at a local fundraiser, wearing the bar and wearing a bright green t-shirt with the text: & # 39; My name is Bill. I am in the final phase KIDNEY LOSS And I need a KIDNEY. & # 39;
Within minutes, they realized that they shared the same blood type – and Becca didn't think twice.
Becca Bundy and Bill Cox, who met in 2016 when Becca's daughter, Hadley, had an attack, and Bill responded to their call with profound care and kindness. When Becca met him again at a fundraiser, and saw that his t-shirt asked for a kidney donor, she immediately volunteered.
& # 39; I couldn't get it out of my mind & # 39 ;, she said to KARE 11. & # 39; I just said, "I'm the one and I know."
In that conversation, reunited with the fundraising campaign, Bill explained that he was born with only one kidney, that he failed and that he has been on the transplant list since 2017.
He approached the point where he had to undergo dialysis, a tough and boring, repetitive procedure to do the kidney's job: removing waste and salt.
Far more kidney transplants are performed than other organs (21,167 per year in the US, compared to 8,250 livers, the second most common).
Becca turned out to be a party for Bill and underwent surgery in February 2019 to give him one of her healthy kidneys. Bill was born with only one kidney, which is now failing. Since he is 66, his prospects for survival in dialysis are low and he urgently needed a transplant
But that does not mean that the waiting list is fast. Unlike other organ failure, kidney patients can use dialysis to survive waiting. And since most people are born with two, there is a greater chance of getting a healthy person to donate one.
However, finding that willing person is not easy and you have to guarantee that they are a match.
Instead of being a volunteer, patients should turn to the waiting list, with 100,000 patients hoping for one of the roughly 21,000 donor organs per year available for transplantation.
Most wait about three to five years for a kidney on the list.
Bill had made t-shirts in a desperate attempt to broaden his search.
It worked: Becca realized that they were the same blood type and volunteered to be tested to see if she could be his donor.
Tests soon showed that she was indeed a match.
& # 39; I remember we were both crying – tears of joy of course – and Bill thanked me, & # 39; said Becca CNN.
Bill and his wife now have drawings of Becca & # 39; s daughter Hadley in their fridge at home
Becca said that Bill (pictured with his brother and colleague Officer Creighton) responded very carefully to their call, it was not like any other job
As explained in CNN & # 39; s interview with Bill and Becca, dialysis is a higher order for older agencies.
and in February 2019 they underwent the transplant surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical Center to give Bill one of Becca & # 39; s healthy kidneys.
& # 39; She is my angel. She saved my life and I thought that would be a fitting gift for them, & Cox told CNN.
Both are now recovering and seeing each other as family.
Bill has Hadley's drawings on his fridge and cuts an angel for Becca as a thank you.
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