Have a Kidney? Give a Kidney…
My mouth dropped open as I read my friend’s facebook status. “My friend Dan needs a kidney. You have to be over 18, under 50, in good health, and a blood match. Email him if you’re interested.”
Only 72 hours earlier, I had said the words (in the context of a conversation about how giving Jesus was and how I desire to give more), “If I knew someone who needed an organ, I would donate it.”
And so as I stared at the computer screen, I couldn’t help but wonder if this was from God. In all my 28 years, I had never previously verbalized that I was willing to donate an organ. Nor in my 28 years had I ever heard of a person actually needing one.
I e-mailed Dan immediately. He responded quickly (and gratefully) with details regarding the process. My first step, if interested, was to be interviewed by a nurse to see if I even qualified for organ donation. A 35-minute phone conversation later, I was declared a good candidate.
But did I want to be a good candidate? The more I found out about the surgery, the more I wasn’t sure. A 4-hour surgery with a recovery of 4-6 weeks didn’t sound appealing. Neither did potentially being rejected from health, life, and disability insurance companies in the future. Perhaps most disturbing was the potential difficulties with pregnancy if I should have children some day.
I have to admit, the negatives were far outweighing the positives…But if Jesus gave His life for me, I could give a kidney. Besides, if I needed one, I would want someone to donate it.
My next step? Having 5 viles of blood drawn and sent away for testing to see we were compatible.
I prayed. I saught wisdom. And I waited…
12 days later, I received the call. “Unfortunately, you are not a match for Dan,” the lady from the transplant center said.
Sadness (and some relief) swept over my body. But then I remembered my prayer for clarity. Thanks, God…
If you or someone you know is interested in donating a kidney, you must be over 18 years old and less than 50. You need to be in good health and have O blood type in order to match Dan. Please pray for him as he seeks to find another donor.