7 Healthcast: Kidney donation
Paul and his wife Ruth are waiting with anticipation. They are getting ready to meet a couple they literally traded kidneys with.
Tears of joy run down the faces of people who've been waiting for this moment a long time.
"A year we've been waiting to actually meet these folks and see them, and give them a hug," said transplant patient Nathan Nilsson. "It means a lot."
"I feel great," Barksdale said. "You know I finally met Nathan and my heart is going to be with Tina forever."
Tina donated her kidney to Ruth, then Ruth's husband Paul donated a kidney to Tina's husband Nathan .
"For them to be willing to share a part of their body to keep somebody else alive," Nilsson said. "I think it is the biggest thing out of this."
These strangers are now instant best friends. They know how rare this situation is.
"It is like a miracle and I really love these people now," Nilsson said.
"I think that's the ultimate blessing, and it's the ultimate gift that you can give a person is a better quality of life," Barksdale said.
Both couples hope this story will encourage more people to become organ donors. They also exchanged phone numbers, so they can stay in touch forever.(Copyright 2007 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)