Susan Ellis and Tia Wimbush are coworkers at Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta. They have worked there for more than 10 years. A random encounter in a bathroom deepened their connection as friends and lifesavers.
Both Susan and Tia had husbands with dire Kidney issues. Tia’s husband, Rodney, was diagnosed with kidney failure in August 2019 after being hospitalized for high blood pressure. In the same month, Susan’s husband, Lance, went into acute renal failure after his body rejected the kidney his own mother had donated to him – they were both put on dialysis.
The discovery that the two co-workers could help each other stemmed from a simple inquiry about how the other one’s husband was doing. They both had the same idea to help each other. They quickly got their blood tested and miraculously discovered that Tia was a blood match for Lance and Susan was a match for Rodney. They were approved last October as kidney donors.
However, they both had a long road ahead even after being approved. Lance was hospitalized with complications from his renal failure. Then after that, Susan was diagnosed with COVID-19. The operation date was continually pushed back until finally on March 19th at 5:30 in the morning, the couples were able to have their life saving operations.
Both husbands saw an immediate improvement in their quality of life. Susan and Tia call each other “kidney sisters.” When they returned to work after recovering from the operation, they found all their fellow coworkers cheering for them in the halls.
“Our story is a story of kindness,” Susan said. “It ended up in a kidney exchange that was the result of it, but it started with human beings just human beings and checking on each other.”
You never know how far a small act of kindness can stretch. The simple question of “How is your family?” became a life altering event for both people involved. Always remember to check on your friends, especially the strong ones.
The story we all need right now: A simple “How are you?” check-in between two caring colleagues ballooned into a chance encounter that saved two lives—and created an unbreakable bond between two families. #DonateLife pic.twitter.com/VdBbLCpmx9
— Children's (@childrensatl) May 18, 2021
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