A man donates his kidney to a total stranger after receiving a heartbreaking note in an eBay parcel.
In 2013, Ray Duffy’s wife bought a top on eBay that soon changed his life. When the package arrived, they saw that the item they bought was with a heartbreaking note.
In turned out that the seller wrapped the top in brown paper with hand-drawn animal cartoons and a note. The note is a Thank You note that detailed how the seller’s husband lost his job and needs a kidney transplant. The family started to sell things online as a source of income.
“Back in 2013, my partner bought a top on eBay and it arrived wrapped up in brown wrapping paper which the sender had hand-drawn cartoons of animals all over. She had also written a thank-you note explaining that her husband was on the transplant waiting list, had lost his job and that now and then they would sell things they didn’t need on eBay so they could buy their kids a treat. She said that she drew the pictures to put a smile on people’s faces as they had helped her put a smile on her children’s faces. I’ll never forget it. It was just a really nice gesture from a complete stranger and I couldn’t help feeling a bit queasy – here we are in the 21st century and there are families struggling while waiting for transplants. I felt so helpless,” Ray recalled.
Becoming a living kidney donor
Ray got the idea of becoming a living kidney donor, however, he wasn’t sure if is it legal or possible. Ray kept the note for two years until a radio segment convinced him to become a kidney donor.
In 2015, Ray was struck in traffic and a radio segment turned on discussing living kidney donors.
“I went to change the music on the radio and I pressed the wrong button and accidentally tuned into an interview of a man speaking about his experience [of] donating a kidney. That was the light-bulb moment, I just knew I was going to do it. I registered in November and started the assessment process straight away.” Ray said.
After a year-long process of his mental, physical and medical assessment, he was cleared to undergo the operation. Ray checked into the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for surgery in March 2017.
“It was a very humbling experience to be able to do something like that for someone else. I know it’s not for everyone and it’s a huge decision but for me, it just felt right.” Ray said.
Wow! What an example of such absolute generosity!
Reference: Faith Panda
This article was written by Gail Marvel.