It's bad enough to need a kidney transplant, but what makes it worse is trying to find a donor.
An Ohio woman says the grace of God brought her a donor, a woman who is also giving God the glory.
Kathy Kist and Marianne Doman have been friends for 25 years. They share the same faith and they're certain it was the hand of God that made their friendship so unique. Recently, Kist learned her kidney was about to give out.
"The realization came in November of 2007 when they said, 'you either prepare for dialysis or start looking for a kidney,'" she explained.
Kidney Transplants Tricky
The tricky thing about kidney transplants is there are two large hurdles. You have to find someone who's willing to give up a kidney and who is also physically compatible."
Doman was both. She gladly gave her friend the gift of life.
"God's plan is, he always has a plan and you just have to say everyday what is your will for me, what is it you want me to do," she told CBN News. "I'm looking forward to that chapter of seeing my kids being married and having grandchildren and the fact that this kidney will give Kathy the opportunity to enjoy watching her daughter take those journeys down it."
Now Kist is doing great.
"She had declining kidney function, but following the transplant her kidney function is normal," said Dr. Venkatesh Krishnamurth of the Cleveland Clinic. "Her energy level is normal."
Both women say what they have been through together is a miracle.
*Originally Published April 13, 2009