This man was giving a second chance at life – twice!
Sixteen years ago, Jeffrey Granger got back his life after receiving a pancreas and kidney from Bryan Herrington, who sadly died after falling from the roof of a house while working, CNN reports.
The then 35-year-old, who was a roofing contractor, also donated his heart, lungs, and liver to help others.
After his life-saving transplant, Jeffrey, who was deeply grateful for his new lease on life, eventually became friends with Bryan’s widow, Terri Herrington.
According to Honey Nine, in the first year after the transplant Jeffrey wasn’t allowed to know who his donor was, and Terri wasn’t allowed to know who’d received her husband’s organs.
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But they’d exchanged anonymous notes and holiday cards with each other during that year.
Jeffrey sent a thank you note to Terri, who responded with a phone call and they talked. The two families have been friends for 15 years.
Then last year, one of Jeffrey’s kidneys began failing – the one Bryan had donated.
Jeffrey then told Terri, who recently decided to become a living donor, about his dilemma. Without thinking twice, she offered Jeffrey her kidney – something he first thought she was joking about.
Jeffrey, who was one of four people who received Bryan’s organs, then took to Facebook to tell his friends and family that he needed a new kidney.
"Did you think I was kidding?" Terri responded to the post.
After a blood compatibility test, it was confirmed that not only was Terri a match but also Jeffrey’s wife, Pam.
Jeffrey chose to go with Terri’s kidney so that his wife could take care of him after the surgery, Fox 8 reports.
Dr Mark Johnson, who operated on Jeffrey, revealed that Terri had extended his patient’s life expectancy by 10 to 14 years.
Jeffrey and Terri remain close friends.
Terri is now urging people to become organ donors.
“I would do anything for more time with my husband,” she said. “You’re saving someone else's life that is maybe meant to be lived and tell a story like mine.”
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