Woman to donate kidney to co-worker
WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- After years of searching, a local man has found a perfect match for a kidney transplant: his longtime co-worker.
Co-workers Debbie Dalton and Bill McIntier share more than just an office; Dalton is also a perfect match for McIntier who is in need of a kidney transplant.
“I think everybody’s amazed by it because she’s a saint,” said McIntier.
McIntier has been living with his condition for more than 20 years, but his kidneys are quickly failing.
“Not all patients with my condition to my knowledge will degenerate the stage at kidney failure where I’m at right now, at which time the only option is dialysis or transplant,” said McIntier.
When Dalton found out, she decided to see if she could help.
“He was out sick, he was in the hospital one day and I said ‘We’ll find out what blood type he is. I’ll give him a kidney,’” said Dalton.
“To actually have her be a match was amazing,” said McIntier.
McIntier thought he was never going to find a match. He was just weeks away from going on dialysis. Now, the woman who works 20-feet away will give him a second chance at life.
“To think he’ll go on dialysis and he’ll be out two, three times a week, it didn’t seem feasible,” said Dalton.
“Overwhelmed. We were thrilled, proud that somebody would even consider doing such a courageous thing. I’ve never seen anything like it. Everybody in the company’s proud and thrilled,” said Peter Miller of Persian Acceptance Corporation.
McIntier’s surgery is set for Dec. 13. He and Dalton say everyone at Persian Acceptance Corporation has been great and very supportive in helping them through the process.
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