76-Year-Old Man Walks Miles Searching For A Life-Saving Kidney For His Wife
Larry Swilling, 76, is living proof that love has no boundaries as he has walked hundreds of miles pleading with strangers to donate a kidney to his wife of 57 years, Jimmy Sue, 76.
When Jimmy Sue, who was born with only one kidney, began experiencing kidney failure a little over a year ago, Larry and other family members were tested to be donors but deemed incompatible. Unable to wait the possible 2-3 years it could take to find a deceased donor, Larry hit the streets on a solo mission to save his wife’s life. Wearing a sandwich board that reads, “Need Kidney 4 wife,” he has searched South Carolina for a compatible donor for his wife.
Since his search began in September, Larry has attracted the attention of CBS News and yielded hundred of phone calls to the Medical University of South Carolina from interested possible donors. However, having a history of heart disease and diabetes has ruled a majority of them out.
Still, Larry is not giving up. He continues to hope as his wife undergoes dialysis while she waits. “She’s my everything. … She’s my life,” he told CBS.
Interested potential donors should call the Medical University of South Carolina at 1-800-277-8687.
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