Last month, LivingCrunch brought you a story about a man so desperate to get his wife a kidney transplant that he spent his days wearing a sandwich board advertising his need for a kidney in hopes of finding a donor. That story now has a happy ending.
With his wife of 26 years, Deanne, living with Stage 5 kidney failure, 74-year old Wayne Winters walked several miles a day around his hometown of Farr West, Utah wearing a sign that read “Need Kidney 4 Wife.” He just wanted his wife to be healthy again so they could have their old life back.
Winters’ sign and all the publicity that came with it have paid off. After receiving hundreds of calls from people wanting to help, Winters finally received a call last weekend informing him that a donor had been found and Deanne was being scheduled for surgery.
“The sweetest people you’ll ever meet are donors,” says Winters.
Deanne is currently recovering from the surgery. Once Winters helps to nurse her back to full health, he plans to keep wearing his sign and trying to raise awareness about the importance of kidney and other organ donors. The back of his sign now reads: “1,000 kidneys needed in Utah and Idaho.”
“I will spend more of my days walking with my sign to see how many I can get,” says Winters. “Think about it, we could start a kidney revolution and that would be so great.”
If you’re interested in learning more about being a kidney donor, please visit the National Kidney Foundation.