Flyer prompts woman to donate kidney to father of 4
CHICAGO (WBBM) – Two complete strangers from Chicago are now linked by special kidney donation.
Julian Ortiz and Lisa Segura were strangers until two months ago, but their bond isn’t just superficial. The latter donated his kidney to the first, father of four, after seeing a leaflet saying he needed a transplant.
“She had an impact on the lives of our children and she saved their daddy,” said Claribel Ortiz, Julian’s wife.
Julian Ortiz battled glomerulonephritis, an autoimmune disease for most of his life. The disease affecting his kidneys attacked his body until he could barely move.
“It has [so] too bad I can’t even get out of bed. My legs were so swollen, ”said Julian Ortiz.
Two years ago, doctors told Julian Ortiz he needed a new kidney if he was to survive.
“There were days when we gave up hope,” said Claribel Ortiz. “I put a sign on our vehicle in the back window that said, ‘Our daddy needs a kidney.’ We made videos, flyers.
As fate intended, Segura saw one of these flyers at the Midway Baseball Association, where she and Julian Ortiz both coach. They had never met, but Segura had applied anyway. She was a match.
For Segura, giving up an organ was an easy decision.
“I knew that if I had a spare, I only needed it to live,” she said. “I can’t imagine my kids living without me, and I don’t want that for his kids or his family.”
The kidney transplant took place two weeks ago. The memory of seeing each other for the first time after surgery will last them a lifetime.
“It was funny. It was like, ‘Wow there’s a piece of me literally in her body now,’” Segura said.
“It was a surreal moment. It was like she practically gave me another chance to live and live healthy, not only for me, but for my children and my wife. There is nothing. what I can do to repay her, ”said Julian Ortiz.
The National Kidney Foundation estimates that there are 100,000 people across the country waiting for a kidney transplant.
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