Wednesday, January 18, 2012


I hope you saw the story of the nurse from Atlanta who donated one of her Help from a friendkidneys to a patient. The patient, Clay Tabor, was diagnosed with Goodpasture's Syndrome shortly after graduating from Auburn University. The disease attacks the lungs and kidneys, although Tabor’s was caught before affecting his lungs. Nevertheless, it had all but destroyed his kidneys. He said, "I was just trying to start my life, start my career, even wanted to propose to my girlfriend soon and then I had to deal with all this. It was frustrating,"

After a year of treatment, Clay Tabor was deemed fit for a transplant. However, it would take a year to get on the list with 90,000 other Americans waiting for a kidney transplant. His mother was a match for him but her kidney linings weren’t deemed suitable for transplant. A nurse, Allison Batson, had become close friends with Clay and his family during his ordeal. She talked to her husband and they decided to see if she was a suitable match. She was. The surgery was recently and they are both recovering well.

I hope you get to read the whole story; it’s a heart-warming story. It does us good to hear such stories every time we can. We live in difficult times with difficult challenges and it’s good to see that people are still loving and giving to those in critical need. As time goes on, Clay Tabor will hopefully live a much fuller life thanks to Allison Batson. As for Allison, she’ll always know that regardless of her duties as a nurse, she can always point to this occasion when she laid a part of her life down for another. She made a real difference in this world. May God bless them both and all the people in this world who seek to help others in whatever small ways we can.

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