A Good Samaritan donated her kidney to a dying stranger after she saw his desperate plea for a new organ on Craigslist.
Jessica Morris, from Orange County, California, decided that her New Year’s resolution for 2018 would be to save a life – and she did just that by helping David Nichere.
The 30 year old had already set her mind on the idea of donating a kidney several years ago and found his Craigslist advert after joining the Facebook group ‘Kidney Donors Network’.
David had been suffering end-stage kidney failure for six-and-a-half years and had resigned himself to the idea of slowly dying.
Weeks away from entering a hospice to see out the rest of his days through dialysis treatment, David, from San Francisco, was skeptical of her anonymous pledge until they met for the first time four months later.
David, who has Crohn’s disease, had his first kidney operation when he was just three months old, and endured 26 more procedures over a 30-year period before being told his kidneys could no longer function.
Facing the reality of a slow death, the freelance writer decided to try one-last throw of the dice by posting an advertisement for a kidney donor to Craigslist.
Jessica said: ‘Donation is a tough process, and it’s extremely hard to be approved for the operation.
Patients on dialysis like David are very beaten up and used to being let down, this was apparent throughout my entire testing period.
It didn’t sink in for David that his life was really about to change until he got the call to schedule surgery.
I saw a different side of David in the hospital. He really is an amazing person, I’m so happy I was able to help him.
The pair met for the first time in April and were given the go ahead by doctors to proceed with the operation, on June 11.
Now both are recovering well from the procedure, and Jessica hopes she and David can one day experience their mutual love of backpacking together.
Jessica has already been on two backpacking trips and hopes David will be cleared for travel in six months.
I’ll be honest, I don’t think either of us got super emotional about it until the day of surgery when we realised nobody was going to tell us no [we couldn’t go through with it].
David has become like a brother to me. In the hospital it felt like David was my twin – it was so cool to recover together and share our experiences.
He will always be a part of my family and I will always be a part of his.
After surgery David’s kidney function went up immediately, and he hasn’t needed dialysis since then.
She added: ‘This has been the most memorable experience of my life.
I’ve donated to charities in the past and fostered dogs, but I never felt I was making enough of a difference.
To know I was literally able to save someone’s life, will stay with me for the rest of mine – I would do it again a million times over.
‘We are all seeking a purpose in life, and you will never find one more rewarding than being someone’s hero.
I was so happy to be able to help him.
For more information about becoming a donor visit David’s website here