Woman donates kidney to firefighter who saved her daughter’s life

Becca Bundy. (Photo: Facebook/Becca Bundy)
Becca Bundy. (Photo: Facebook/Becca Bundy)

A mother has donated her kidney to a firefighter after he saved her two-year-old’s life.

Becca Bundy, from Minnesota in the US, called paramedics in August 2016 when her daughter, Hadley, was having a seizure, Daily Mail reports.

Volunteer firefighter Bill Cox (66), who has first-aid training, responded to the call and managed to stabilise the tot before the ambulance service arrived.

“He seemed to care. It wasn’t just another call to him,” the mom told Kare11.

Two years later Becca spotted Bill at the Viking Bar, where he’s been working for 16 years. The barman was wearing a bright green T-shirt with a plea for a kidney donor.

“My name is Bill. I’m in end-stage kidney failure and in need of a kidney,” the T-shirt said. Bill was born with only one kidney that was failing and he was placed on a transplant list in 2017.

“I couldn’t get it out of my head,” Becca said. She got herself tested and believed she was the one even before she was confirmed as a match.

The kidney transplant took place in February this year at the University of Minnesota Medical centre.

Bill is now dialysis-free and lives with his wife, Terry.

Both Bill and Becca are recovering from the surgery. They’ve become very close and view each other as family, Metro reports.

“I feel pretty blessed to be chosen to be on his journey with him,” Becca said. “It’s that lifetime bond that’ll never go away.”

Sources: Daily Mail, Metro, CNN 

Image credit: Facebook

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