A Warren County man receives a liver transplant from a complete stranger. Today, he had the chance to say thank you.
"Thank you, you've saved my life". A powerful sentence to a stranger. In an embrace that lasted nearly a minute, Dwayne Fitzgerald then met his 31 year old angel from New York, Brian Allen.
The Warren man quickly learned Lilly, Brian's wife, served as the driving force behind his decision to donate part of his liver to a man suffering from non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. A man he's never even met.
Brian explains, "my wife is 33 years post liver transplant... to give you an idea as to why we decided to donate."
Dr. Christopher Hughes tells us just how serious Fitzgerald's condition was. "There's no other option for these patients with end-stage liver disease. It's a 100% fatal disease. Either they're transplanted or they're gonna die. He was just waiting on the list but getting progressively more deteriorated. Fortunately, he had a donor come along who wanted to donate to someone and didn't really care who it was."
Brian humbly said, "It's a gift, you know, to help someone who really needs help... I don't think there's really any better thing you can do is to help someone in need."
"It's a life saved and someone we can get off the waiting list," says Hughes.
"And, for that, I'm eternally grateful," shares Fitzgerald.
A heartwarming story of one human being's connection to another.
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