Pastor Decided to Donate Kidney to a Man He Just Met, but During Transplant Doctors Notice Something Scary
When Don Herbert first ran into Pastor Tim Jones, he had no idea that the chance encounter was about to take them on a journey that would forever change both men.
Their lives were intertwined in a way that would only be revealed after the two ended up in the hospital. While the Pastor was bleeding on the operating table, doctors were working hard to save Don’s life in another room.
Just a few weeks earlier, in October of 2014, Don and his wife, Belinda, were driving around town looking for yard sales. They spotted one at a nearby church, but it wasn’t the baked goods or knick-knacks that caught Don’s attention. He heard a loud noise coming from the church, and went to investigate.
Don was immediately drawn to the beautiful music that was coming from inside the church. That’s when he met Pastor Tim Jones, who shared Don’s love for gospel music. They spoke briefly, and Don mentioned to the pastor that he was part of a singing quartet. Tim saw how passionate Don was about music, and invited the man to sing in an upcoming revival with his church’s gospel group.
But what Pastor Tim Jones didn’t know, was that Don had been suffering from a life-threatening health condition for the past few years. A couple of months before they met, Don had even undergone a liver transplant that was supposed to help his condition, but then his kidneys started failing.
His chronic illness didn’t deter his faith that God would pull him through, but he had no idea that meeting Tim would play a pivotal role.
But then doctors at Duke Medical Center found blockages in Don’s heart, meaning he would need cardiac catheterization, another serious procedure. They informed the couple that Don’s weak kidneys wouldn’t be able to make it through the surgery but also that finding a kidney donor could take up to seven years.
“I can’t believe that God’s brought me through this major transplant, and now here I am, facing something like this,” Don recounted.
So Belinda decided to share their situation on Facebook and ask for help:
“I am willing to be the donor but I do not have insurance coverage and we can not afford it. It is so hard to ask something so tremendous and so humbling but I want the man I love to live a long life. I do want to grow old with him by my side. I am asking for help! If anyone would be interested in being the donor or help organize fundraisers or donate to raise funds to purchase insurance for me just long enough to get through the testing please message me.”
Pastor Tim saw the Facebook message and even though they had only met two weeks prior, was so moved, that he offered to be a kidney donor. When the results came in it turned out that he was a perfect match — a one in 20,000 chance!
But the biggest miracle occurred on the day of surgery. When doctors went to remove Tim’s kidney they discovered he had an aneurysm, which if left unnoticed would have killed him.
This bizarre turn of events meant that both men had their lives saved that day.