The Man Who Wore a Sandwich Board for a Year to Find a Kidney for His Dying Wife

 As far as devotion goes, it doesn't get any better than American Larry Swilling in his bid to find his dying wife a kidney. The 78-year-old man was so determined to give his wife, Jimmie Sue, a second chance at life that he walked the streets of his hometown in South Carolina with a sandwich board sign for a year to find a donor.

 Jimmie Sue, 76, who was born with only one kidney, was told that she would need a new one after it started failing, giving her only months to live. Mr. Swilling and the couple's three children proved to be unsuitable matches and they faced a lengthy waiting list for a suitable organ.

 Mr. Swilling, who has been married for 57 years, said that he couldn't imagine life without his wife and was determined to save her, so he set out to find her a kidney. Hundreds of people contacted him to undergo testing to see if they were a suitable match after learning of his plight.

 In September 2013, their hopes and wishes were finally granted after retired Navy lieutenant commander Kelly Weaverling donated one of her kidneys in a lifesaving operation. The procedure was hailed as a success, with the couple meeting Ms. Weaverling to personally thank her for her generous gift. (Source)

Posted on March 22, 2016 .