Kindness comes in form of a kidney
She made an offer, and he wanted a hug. She wanted to help, and he needed a kidney.
He still remembers that moment.
Mary Taylor and George Martin live in Ludington. She is 29 years old. He is 67.
On Jan. 25, their lives will be linked together through a kidney operation that will likely keep “George living longer,” Taylor said.
“We were at my wife’s son’s wedding in July 2016. There were a bunch of girls at Stakenas Farms in Scottville, a bunch of girls talking about my operation, I guess, asking, ‘What kind of blood is he? O negative? I am O positive; I can give it to him.’” Martin said.
“I walked into the reception, and Mary (Taylor) walked up to me (and said), ‘I have something for you. I want to be your bestie. I want to give you a kidney.’”
The two have known each other peripherally through family ties for several years — Taylor’s fiancé’s sister is married to Martin’s stepson.
Martin recalls that he looked Taylor straight in the eye to see if she was kidding around. “I could ]see the tears on her face,” he said, “and I knew by the look in her eyes that she was serious. ‘Go get tested,’ I told her. And I gave her a big hug.”
“When I met him, I knew (there was a family connection),” Taylor said. “I went up to him and said, ‘Hey, I am going to get tested.’ I called the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. I asked what I could do to give blood. I called him and told him, but he wanted to come over and give me a hug.”
Right away, she was on it. First thing the following Monday, Taylor called University of Michigan hospital and told them she wanted to be tested.
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