This Sweet Husband With A Sandwich Board Finally Found A Kidney Donor For His Wife
Persistence paid off for this loving man.
When Wayne Winters’ wife, Deanne, was suffering from stage 5 kidney failure and was in need of a transplant, he took matters into his own hands.
The 74-year-old Utah man spent his days walking up and down the street while wearing a sandwich board advertising his wife’s need for a kidney, as well as her blood type and their phone number.
Local news picked up on his story and it went viral:
Winters has been married to his wife for 26 years. Her kidneys no longer work, and she’s currently surviving on dialysis.
In a desperate bid to save her life, he walked miles each day, hoping someone who could help would see his sign and contact him to give them both some good news. Winters told Fox13 that he he received between 700 and 800 calls from people hoping to help their cause.
“We Have A Kidney For You, Get Down Here!”
Then on Nov. 5, the Winters finally got that miracle phone call.
“’We have a kidney for you, get down here!’” Winters told Fox 13 the hospital employee told him when they called to let them know that Deanne would be getting a transplant after two years of waiting.
Although the couple can’t know exactly how long the new kidney will prolong his wife’s life, Winters is not taking any time he may have left with her for granted.
“If she can have a good five years that would be awesome, we can have our life back,” he said.
Now that his mission of securing a kidney for his wife is complete, Winters is not stopping here. On the back of his sign, he also wrote a plea for other people that are in need of transplants: “1,000 kidneys needed in Utah and Idaho.”
And he says he intends to continue pounding the pavement in hopes of finding donors for all those who are still suffering.
“I will spend more of my days walking with my sign to see how many I can get. Think about it—we could start a kidney revolution, and that would be so great,” he said.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 101,000 Americans are currently on the waiting list for a kidney but only 17,000 will receive one each year. If you’d like to learn more about how you can become a kidney donor, find out more here.
A High-Profile Kidney Transplant
Fans of Selena Gomez spent last summer wondering why the pop star was keeping such a low profile. In September, Gomez posted a picture on Instagram explaining why she’d been lying low the last couple of months, and no—her disappearance wasn’t due to a scandal or any clandestine work work on an album.
Instead, as it turns out, Gomez had a secret kidney transplant over the summer, and she’d been taking it easy as she recovered.
Gomez suffers from lupus, a chronic disease in which an individual’s body attacks its own organs. The inflammation caused by lupus can damage tissues and organs, including a person’s kidneys—which is exactly why Gomez had to undergo a transplant.
And, incredibly, one of Gomez’s friends—actress Francia Rasia—was her donor.
“There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend,” Gomez wrote on Instagram. “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”
I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith
This story originally appeared on Simplemost.