Most people are okay with donating their organs to total strangers if they meet an untimely end, but rarely are people selfless enough to donate an organ while they’re still alive, unless the person is a family member. But one 32-year-old man donated one of his kidneys to a perfect stranger and was rewarded with a letter 3 months later.
GIVE UNTO OTHERS
A 32-year-old man who goes by the username “TheBartian” made the most selfless decision ever to donate one of his kidneys to an anonymous recipient in early 2017 which wound up saving the stranger’s life.
GOODWILL TOWARDS MEN
You have to admit that it’s an incredibly nice thing to do, and most of us probably wouldn’t have done the same. Donate blood? Maybe, but to undergo a major operation to save a stranger takes a lot of heart.
The story went viral after the Tulsa-Oklahoma man posted it on Reddit. Since then, it’s received over 40 thousand upvotes as well as an outpouring of praise, not to mention other stories from people with similar experiences.
A SECOND CHANCE
The letter from the recipient stated that the man was 63 years old and had a son who would have been unable to go see more basketball, baseball, and football games with his dear old dad had it not been for TheBartian.
THANK YOU FOR MY LIFE
The transplant center eventually received a letter from the recipient and they forwarded it to TheBartian and he posted it on the popular social media site to raise awareness about kidney donation.
The recipient called the donation a gift of life, which allowed him to spend more time with his son and 3 grandsons as well. Not only that, but now he’s got a chance at a better and longer life.
IT’S A RARE COMMODITY
Aside from human kindness, kidneys are also a rare commodity. According to the National Kidney Foundation, over 101,000 Americans need a kidney, but only 17,000 people receive on each year.
A healthy person doesn’t need two kidneys to survive, it just needs one, and that spare organ from TheBartian ensured that the anonymous recipient didn’t have to face renal failure and death.
WRITE BACK SOON
TheBartian hasn’t decided whether he’s planning to respond to the emotional letter, but if he does, he claims he’ll likely assure the recipient that the loss of one kidney hasn’t changed his lifestyle at all, except maybe for the fact that he’s taking better care of himself.
IT CAME FROM A GOOD HOME
“The kidney came from a good home,” says TheBartian. Even when it was inside of him, he knew how to take care of it. Now he realizes that this was a good judgment call because it ensured that a son and a couple of grandkids would get to keep their dad and grandpa around a little longer.