I read lots of news, but did not see that this item attracted much attention.
There are those who are charitable, and there are individuals like Stephanie Grant who deserve our utmost respect and admiration:
MIAMI, Fla. - A search that began on Craigslist.org has led Selina Hodge to a Miami operating room.Ms. Grant's selfless act should have been a national front page story.
Hodge, 28, posted a plea online in July, looking for someone--anyone--to donate a kidney.
"That's when I turned to Craigslist, because I didn't know where else to turn to," Hodge said, adding that the first few responses arrived this summer.
Hodge received more than 800 responses from around the world -- one of which came from a woman who lives just miles away from her Palm Beach Gardens home.
"It just amazes me that somebody would actually lay down their life for a complete stranger," said Gina Evans, Hodge's mother.
Stephanie Grant, 23, was the person who saw Hodge's story on the news and decided to step in to help. Doctors say that is a very difficult decision to make.
"Living donors are very unique individuals," said Dr. Linda Chen of the Jackson Memorial Hospital on the University of Miami Medical Center Campus, where Hodge and Grant arrived for transplant surgery Tuesday. "They are the true heroes in society because they are completely selfless and they have nothing to gain from the procedure and it's actually a gift of love."
Before any surgery, prospective donors and recipients must take a series of psychosocial and medical tests.
Hodge and Grant drove together to the Miami hospital several times to complete the evaluations. After months of waiting, the hospital gave the transplant the green light and early Tuesday, the women were prepared for surgery.
"It's never easy, and it's always difficult," said Chen.
Hodge and Grant will remain in the hospital for the next several days - possibly longer - to closely monitor their recovery.
So far, the families said, the women are doing fine.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the weekend.