When 16-year-old Noah Mikel was born, he was diagnosed with an illness that would gradually shut down his kidneys. This finally happened eight years ago, which means Noah has spent the last eight years on the transplant list.
Because Noah needed a living donor, his father Lee did all he could to find his son a kidney, including starting a Facebook group. Then, out of the blue, a stranger stepped up to make a huge sacrifice.
The surprise donor was Jane Forbes, who happens to be a social worker at Indiana University Health.
Amazingly, Jane didn’t single out Noah for the donation. She just decided to offer her kidney to anyone who needed it – and let the authorities figure out where it should go.
That kidney ended up saving Noah’s life.
Jane says meeting Noah for the first time was “the most raw and intense emotion” and called the experience “a gift.”
Now with a fully functioning kidney, Noah and his family are looking forward to his second chance at life and are excited to see him be a normal kid again, which means doing whatever he wants to do and eating whatever he wants to eat. (WCMH-TV)