There's Friendship, And Then There's Donating Your Kidney To A Friend's Baby
Among all the amazing things about the human body, one of the most incredible is the fact that we can donate organs to other humans who need them. And some organs, like the kidney, we can even donate while we are alive—with virtually no change to our lives.
That powerful capacity of the human body saves lives every year. Recently, one of those lives saved belonged to a one-year-old boy in Ohio named Henry. Henry was a gorgeous baby, but he was also suffering from end-stage renal failure, caused by non-functional kidneys. That's when the Rogers family got a miracle, in the form of a new family friend named Amy Miller.
"She said, 'I'm an organ donor. I'll give him my kidney,'" Henry's mom Elizabeth remembers Amy saying. "And I was like, 'What? This is crazy!'"
But the two women kept talking, and they eventually decided that this was best for Henry.
On his older sister's birthday, Henry went into surgery. He came out 7 hours later with Amy's kidney successfully implanted, and what doctors said should be 35 years of normal life with his donated organ.
"I have no regrets," Amy says now. "If anything, I feel stronger than I did before that this was the right thing to do."