A Stranger Gives A Life-Saving Gift

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The Means Report: A Stranger Gives A Lifesaving Gift graphic
The Means Report: A Stranger Gives A Lifesaving Gift graphic
The Means Report: A Stranger Gives A Lifesaving Gift graphic

Portland, ME — A woman in Maine was in desperate need of a kidney transplant, so she took an unusual approach to find a donor. That approach, though, appears to have paid off.

Linda Deming’s story started back in December after finding out that she needed a new kidney, and the clock was ticking.

“I found out I needed a new kidney in December of 14,” Deming concedes.

She was told she’d be waiting between three and six years, and, in the meantime, she’d be on dialysis.

“It’s horrible. I was trying to think earlier – it’s five years, three days a week. How much of my life that has really sucked away? And it’s a lot.”

Deming says she hates dialysis, and she hates waiting, so she took action. She put up signs in her yard, on her car, anywhere and everywhere to ask people to get tested to see if they were a match.

“I knew right away I wasn’t waiting for a deceased kidney,” she explains. “I had to find my own.”

And she did.

“That’s what we did. We went out in search of a live donor, and I’m still amazed at the number of people who don’t have a clue who I am, but they still are willing to give me a piece of their body to save me.”

Deming’s donor is a mother of four and a waitress in northern Maine. Deming says she doesn’t know why a perfect stranger would give up their kidney, but she’s so grateful that she is.

“She just has to be a wonderful person.”

Deming says she’s ready to get back to a normal life. And it might sound strange, but she says what she’s most excited to do after her surgery is eat a banana.

“It’s like, ‘Woah!’ I get to have a banana!” she laughs.

As for the surgery, it is scheduled for March 1 at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

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