One year ago, Ashley McIntyre
overheard her mother and grandmother having a conversation about a story they
heard on the radio, where a 25-year-old man needed a kidney transplant, after
suffering from a rare kidney disease.
The man had had a horrible string of
bad luck, losing his father to brain cancer in 2012, and then on Christmas Day
in 2011, his house burned to the ground. McIntyre’s mother made the comment
that she would donate a kidney to the man, if she wasn’t suffering from health
And just like that, McIntyre made up
her mind she would donate her kidney to a total stranger, and called the next
day to set it up. She didn’t want to meet the recipient, Danny Robinson, until
she was sure that her kidney would be a match, since she didn’t want to get his
hopes up if it didn’t work out.
After undergoing tests and it was
determined the kidney was a match, they finally decided in March to meet.
McIntyre said she thought he was cute, but never thought they would end up
Following the transplant, McIntyre
and Robinson stayed in touch. But they officially didn’t start dating until
June fifth, after Memorial Day weekend. On Christmas Day, Robinson had a
special surprise for his girlfriend: a small box containing an engagement ring.
He got down on one knee, and popped the question.
Now happily together, they have even
more great news to share, as their baby girl is on the way, expected to be born
What a sweet story! After giving her
kidney to a total stranger, she never dreamed that in the process, she’d wind
up giving him her heart too!