Now that is Charitable

I thought I would end the week on a positive.

I read lots of news, but did not see that this item attracted much attention.

Too bad.

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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.

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.

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"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.
Ms. Grant's selfless act should have been a national front page story.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the weekend.

36 comments:

Miranda Hardy said...

I read this some time ago, because I'm local. It's a very touching story. There are genuinely good people in this world.

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Wow, just wow! Thanks for sharing this.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Wow, that is a sweet story. I hope the karma gods reward Stephanie her wildest wish. :D

Elena said...

Never heard this story...thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Pat Hatt said...

A great story, guess good people still do exist. No surprise it didn't make the front page, after all Lindsay Lohan going to jail again is soooo much more appealing..pfttt.

Sarah Ahiers said...

what an awesome story!

Jess said...

Wow! What a wonderful story~ thanks so much for sharing.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

An amazing story, and an inspiration!

Jax said...

Ohhh that's great!! I always like to think that strangers will help other strangers. But a kidney? That's awesome!

Matthew MacNish said...

Proof that there's still hope for humanity.

terri said...

It's one thing to donate to a relative or friend, someone you know and love. To give up an organ for a complete stranger is one of the most selfless things I can imagine.

Wow.

Bob G. said...

SLamdunk:
It's the ordinary people that OFTEN do the EXTRAORDINARY things in life.

Amazing.

Stay safe out there.

Michael Offutt, Visitor from the Future said...

Wow. I'd give a kidney to one of my two closest friends or to my brother but no one else. That is unique and selfless.

LD Masterson said...

Things like this help restore my faith in the human race.

Rachna Chhabria said...

A very touching story. I find such people completely selfless. Have a good weekend.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh, how wonderful! This should be on the front page of every newspaper in the world--thanks for sharing!

Carol Kilgore said...

I got so carried away over the earrings, I forgot to comment here.

How inspiring. Thanks for sharing this bit of good news.

Selma said...

What a heartwarming story. I could cry just thinking about it. Maybe there is hope for the world after all!

Candice said...

Amazing story. It is sad that much of the news focuses on the bad, probably making people feel hopeless. Maybe if there were more positive stories, more people would be inclined to conduct kind acts.

Clarissa Draper said...

What a great story! I love to hear of these stories. Shows that there are great people out there.

Ciara said...

She IS a true hero. Wow, talk about a selfless act.

rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

Very sweet!

JJ.in.Phila said...

Nice story. :)

Maxi said...

Yes, this story should have made national news. Goes back to the old saying…

No news is good news.

Blessings - Maxi

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi SlamDunks .. I expect it will be once there's an outcome - but what a brilliant story .. good luck to them both .. cheers Hilary

Donna K. Weaver said...

Wow, that really is an amazing story. Makes me wish I were a better person like that. That's really taking it up a notch. I wouldn't hesitate to do it for a close friend or loved one.

Anthony said...

Heartwarming story--contains a mixture of courage, love/kindness, and luck/providence.

Stephen Tremp said...

Thanks for the feel good story. I needed that after a crazy busy week. Human donors are indeed unsung heroes who deserve more headlines.

Talli Roland said...

Aw! What a heart-warming story. Thank you!

Rachel Cotterill said...

What an amazing story. Thanks for sharing this, it's brightened my day!

Janet Johnson said...

What a great story! Stephanie is my new hero. What an amazing act of selflessness, courage, love, charity . . .

Mad Mike Brewing said...

This is a very moving story. Thank you for sharing. Not sure if I could go under the knife for someone on Craigslist...

Audrey Allure said...

That's so admirable; it's amazing how kind people can be.

Brian Miller said...

that is actually way cool...and way to go her for making a huge difference in a life...

Shauna Nosler said...

What a lovely thing to share. Hope she has good Karma from here on out ... BTW, the moose poop earrings? Again, I don't know where you find stuff :)

Lisa said...

Yes, front and center would have been fabulous. But the One who really matters took note.