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Kindness comes in form of a kidney

January 7, 2017 GMT

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.

Read the full story in the Saturday print and e-Editions of the Ludington Daily News.