69-Year-Old Great-Grandmother on Transplant List Gives up Liver to 23-Year-Old Stranger: 'I Think She Saved My Life'
"You kind of put that out of your mind that someone else is going so that you can have a second chance," Brenda Jones said
A 69-year-old woman ended up turning down a liver transplant after she patiently spent a year waiting for one that would save her life.
Brenda Jones, a great-grandmother from Dallas, Texas, got the call she had been waiting for on July 18 and was rushed to Baylor University Medical Center.
But when she arrived, she met fellow patient, 23-year-old Abigail Flores, who was from a small town in East Texas and only had days to live.
Doctors knew that both women were a perfect match for the donated liver and decided to tell Jones about the situation.
“The judgment behind it seemed very clear, but it still felt unorthodox nonetheless, Dr. Greg McKenna, a transplant surgeon at Baylor Hospital told 11Alive.
But it was an easy decision for Jones.
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“In my heart, I wouldn’t have been able to live with the liver if I had let this little girl die,” Jones told the news outlet. “And I still had more time … I would have been a very selfish person.”
Jones selfless decision ended up saving Flores’ life – and just a few days later, she received a liver herself.
“I think she saved my life,” Flores told the news outlet. “If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be sitting right here right now. I thank God for her each and every day.”