Celestine Woman Donates Kidney To Save Man’s Life (VIDEO)

BOSTON, MA (NNDC/WCVB-TV) – Back in December, Cheryl Welp of Celestine, noticed a Facebook post about a man in the Boston, Massachusetts area needing a kidney to prolong his life.  Welp, who is the Skilled Caring Center Administrator at Jasper’s Memorial Hospital, responded and now the man has a healthy kidney and a new friend.  Heather Unrue with WCVB-TV in Boston reports…

Here is the transcript of the WCVB story…

Chris Johnson with Cheryl Welp of Celestine

Chris Johnson with Cheryl Welp (WCVB-TV Photo)

FACEBOOK HAS SAVED THE LIFE OF A SICK MAN FROM LYNN. IT HAS BEEN A WEEK SINCE HIS SURGERY AND HE IS SO THANKFUL AT THE TWIST OF FATE THAT SENT THE DONOR IN HIS DIRECTION. I WAS NEVER A PROPONENT FOR THE WHOLE SOCIAL MEDIA THING. CHRIS JOHNSON HAS CHANGED HIS MIND. THAT’S AFTER FACEBOOK FOUND HIM A HEALTHY KIDNEY AND A NEW FRIEND.

AT 47 I WAS ABLE TO DO SOMETHING WONDERFUL FOR ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. CHRIS IS ONE OF THE MOST PRECIOUS PEOPLE I EVER MET.

THAT KIDNEY ALMOST DIDN’T GO TO CHRIS WHO HAS A CONDITION CALLED FSGS. IT CAUSES KIDNEYS TO FAIL WITH NO CURE. SHE NOTICED THE FACEBOOK POST FROM HER HOME IN INDIANA. SHE WAS ABOUT TO DONATE HER KIDNEY TO ANOTHER WOMAN WHEN HER CONDITION SUDDENLY IMPROVED. THERE IS A GENTLEMAN NAMED CHRIS JOHNSON AND HE IS FROM THE BOSTON AREA. HE REALLY DESPERATELY NEEDS A KIDNEY.

THE FACEBOOK PAGE WAS UP FOR TWO LONG YEARS. I WAS PETRIFIED. I CAN TELL THAT THE LAST THREE YEARS THINGS HAD CHANGED A LOT. AND THINGS THAT WERE EASY FOR ME TO DO, YOU KNOW, BECAME A STRUGGLE AND WAS MORE AND MORE OF A STRUGGLE. THE RIGHT PERSON CAME AT THE RIGHT TIME. I WOULD READ THESE MESSAGES FROM TIME TO TIME AND IT WAS ANOTHER MESSAGE TO ME. THEN MY FRIEND KAREN SAID THIS ONE — SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS ONE. KIND OF EXCITED BECAUSE THE KIDS WERE GOING TO GET TO HAVE DADDY FOR A REALLY LONGTIME.

THE KIDNEY IS BEHAVING SO FAR.

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