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04/27/04

The Gift Of Life


It's the story of a bond between an East Texas couple who are willing to sacrifice, one for another. For years, Jack Day was in need of a kidney transplant. He was one of the 3800 other Texans on the list, waiting for that needed organ. But that all changed when the love of his life stepped in to help.

"Honey you remember when Luke was born," says Ellen Day as she and her husband Jack go through a photo album.

Ellen and Jack are proud grandparents.

"Here's Caleb."

They have thirteen grandkids and great grandkids.

"There's two of them and, boy, if they aren't a handful sometimes," she interjects.

The kids are their world. But two years ago, Jack and Ellen feared they wouldn't have much time together to enjoy grandkids or go through photo albums.

"He was in big time kidney failure," she explains.

"It is really agonizing," Jack adds.

Jack was on the transplant list but a match was never found.

"It was awful. It was not easy because we would hear of other people at the dialysis center that had gone an received a kidney; and Jack would come home and be real upset and say, I wonder when mine is going to be here," says Ellen.

After two years, his time finally came. Amazingly, doctors learned Ellen was a perfect match.

"You cannot imagine what it is like to give this gift. God gave us two kidneys. One is for you to give it to someone you love if they need it. That's what I did," she says.

"I guess it is the most truest love you can think," Jack adds.

Today, Jack is perfectly healthy and enjoys life. Jack is looking forward to a long future with the woman who gave him the ultimate gift of love.

"I love you," she says.

"II love you too," he replies.

"I don't know what I would do without you."

To learn more about organ donation go to http://www.tdh.state.tx.us/agep/monthly.htm

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