Carol Littrell and Cindy Hamilton were coworkers. And according to JDNews, Neither imagined they would ever become much closer than that.
But everything changed by one chance encounter.
Carol has focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a disease that causes her kidneys to slowly shrink. Eventually, they will stop functioning all together.
Carol was taking her usual handful of midday pills when Cindy made a comment about her medicine. It was this singular comment that sparked the conversation during which Cindy found out Carol was in need of a kidney transplant. Cindy offered to donate hers.
A few months after that conversation, the surgery commenced. Carol recovered well, quickly weening off the pain medication and going back to normal activities. She was practically brand new. Cindy on the other hand had many complications post-surgery. It took around two months for her to fully recover.
She has no regrets however. To this day, she believes she was in the right place at the right time—she actually feels grateful! I suppose we can’t blame her.
Her actions saved Carol’s life, and she claims she would gladly do it again.
That being said, both women want to make people aware of all of the details and potential complications of organ donation that too often go disregarded. They believe everyone should educate themselves on all of the pros and cons before making a decision. With greater education, there could be more success stories, and by sharing theirs, they hope to encourage others to consider becoming an organ donor.