‘Good Stranger, Good Match, Good God’: Texas Lady Donates Kidney to NJ Man She By no means Met

A New Jersey man is crediting God, Fb, and answered prayer for serving to him discover a matching kidney donor, from a stranger who lived greater than 1,700 miles away. 

In June, Roy McIntosh, 48, underwent a kidney transplant at Virtua Our Woman of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, due to a lady from Texas who took the chance to assist somebody she didn’t know.

It was a easy prayer placed on Fb that led Heather Schafer to Roy. 

In December 2021, Roy’s spouse, Toshira Maldonado-McIntosh, posted a message to the Fb group “The Laughing Christian” asking for prayer for her husband. 

“Please pray for my husband that God sends a kind B+ residing kidney donor to him,” learn the submit. “We imagine in God for a miracle. Please pray for him.” 

Toshira didn’t personally know any of the group’s members however mentioned she had religion within the energy of prayer. 

She had no manner of realizing that greater than 1,700 miles away, in Harker Heights, Texas, a army spouse would see the submit and – virtually immediately – decide that might change each of their lives. 

“I learn the message and thought, ‘That is for me,'” Heather mentioned. “In some way I simply knew I had an element to play. So, I messaged the girl about half-hour later and wrote, ‘I’m B+ [blood type] and I would prefer to look into if I can donate my kidney.'” 
 
Toshira admits that she did have reservations, however she gave Heather the contact info to the living-donor coordinator and held on to the hope that God solutions prayer.

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“What are the percentages {that a} Caribbean man in New Jersey and a lady from Scotland residing in Texas would even discover each other, not to mention be suitable?” she requested.

However after a number of months and lots of assessments, outcomes confirmed they had been an ideal match. 

Heather chronicled her journey on YouTube, in a video sequence known as “Adventures with My Kidney.” 

“Making the movies helped me manage my very own ideas and clarify the method to my family members. I additionally hoped sharing my story would take away a few of the thriller and assist different folks think about changing into an organ donor too,” Heather mentioned. 

“The best factor about organ transplant is that it supplies a greater price of survival and dramatically permits recipients to guide extra regular lives,” Dr. John Radomski, transplant surgeon at Virtua Superior Transplant & Organ Well being, mentioned. 

“Dialysis, particularly, requires a restrictive way of life and might be fairly taxing,” he continued. “When on dialysis, you’re primarily asking a machine to do in a number of hours what the kidneys would usually do over the course of some days. It takes so much out of somebody.”

For Roy, dialysis was three days every week, 5 hours a day. Now he’s delighted to not require the therapy. 

“I really feel 20 years youthful!” he mentioned.

Roy believes it was God’s plan to match them. 
 
Precisely eight weeks after the profitable surgical procedure, Roy, his spouse, and 4 of their 5 kids met Heather and her two kids in individual for the primary time. 

The tearful, joyous gathering on Roy’s entrance garden cemented a bond that each events are sure will final a lifetime.

“We love Heather and we’re without end grateful,” Roy mentioned.

Heather summed-up their story this manner: “Good stranger, good match, good God.” 

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