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Man's Desperate Plea For A Kidney Is Answered By A Classmate He Hadn't Seen In 50 Years

Man's Desperate Plea For A Kidney Is Answered By A Classmate He Hadn't Seen In 50 Years
Updated 1 month ago

Kenneth Walker graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. in 1969. Nearly 50 years later, he was struggling through kidney failure and was looking at either a transplant, or continued dialysis, which of course, carries with it a sentence of a shorter lifespan of an average of five to ten years.

According to CNN...

"Walker became ill while working as a bureau chief for National Public Radio in South Africa. There, he was misdiagnosed and received incorrect treatment. By the time he came back to the US about 18 months ago, he knew his days were numbered if he didn’t find a solution. Walker was in desperate need of a kidney and put his name down on every wait list. But one of the high school friends he maintained contact with had a different idea."

That idea was to check with the school. So, Walker sent an email around to alumni with the subject line 'A request for life'.

It read, in part...

"It is nearly impossible for me to come to terms with what I must ask of you, and that is your help in finding a kidney donor so that I can have a chance to improve my quality of life — and perhaps even to extend it beyond the expected span of a dialysis patient."

He went on...

"Consider being an organ donor after death and also, help me by sharing my story with everyone you know. At the very least, I want to bring awareness to kidney disease and living donation,” he wrote. “I am hopeful my efforts will help me receive a kidney sooner and encourage others to consider helping the many people on the wait list."

Within 15 minutes, Walker got a response from Charlie Ball...

"I will call the hospital in the a.m. I pray that you get what you need."

There had been a chance that Charlie would have been rejected as a donor because he is over the age of 60, however, because he was in such good health, after extensive hospital testing, they decided to allow it. He was a match, and soon flew to DC to donate his kidney to his old classmate. The procedure was done this week.

The story warmed people's hearts...

Many felt inspired...

But mostly people sent blessings and prayers...

The pair seem to be healing well...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

H/T: CNN, Twitter