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I Like Kidney.

Submitted by Josh Rinehults (Richmond, VA)

Last year I found out that a coworker desperately needed a new kidney.

In early 2010, a co-worker posted to Facebook that she was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. I knew Candi was on dialysis and had meant to do some research in the past to see what kidney donation entailed, but had never taken the time to do so. She had been on dialysis for 6 years and was reaching the point where the dialysis was causing permanent damage to her body.

In the Facebook post, Candi mentioned that the first hurdle to being a match was having the same blood type as the recipient. She posted her blood type and I was shocked to find it was the same as mine. This was the kick in the rear I needed so I began the testing process to find out if I was a match. I prayed that if this was not God’s will that He would shut the door but if it was, that He would help all of the tests to come back favorably.

After a few months of testing, we were given the go-ahead and in September of 2010 the transplant was completed.

I have been asked time and time again why I chose to do this. When it came down to it, I had so little to lose and Candi had so much to gain. I figure there was a reason God gave me two perfectly functioning kidneys when I only needed one. It was clear to me that this was the reason.