Living Donor: 'Two Kidneys Means One to Spare'

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Have you ever wondered why God gave us two kidneys when we only need one? There's a man who believes the reason we have two is to give one of them away.

John Hembre is a college professor in Atlanta who tries to model his life after Christ. So he looks for opportunities to give.

"I was in the car listening to a story on the radio," Hembre recalled. "And it was about living kidney donors and the long-term consequences."

"And just a quiet, quiet voice inside me said, 'Listen to this. I'll tell you the next step,'" he said.

He decided to donate a kidney to someone, but he and his wife kept that decision a secret until they could figure out who would be the recipient.

Meanwhile, across town, David Edwards, a total stranger, got the devastating news he needed a new kidney but no one is his family was a match.

"I figured it would happen. I just didn't know when. I was just trusting in the Lord -- that's all I can do," Edwards said.

Then Edwards' wife met Hembre's daughter and happened to mention her husband needed a kidney. Edwards's daughter then happened to mention that to her parents.

Hembre described the moment his daughter told him and his wife about Edwards' need.

"My wife said, 'You don't know it, but your dad's been praying over the last three weeks to be a kidney donor and just didn't know to whom,'" he said.

The two men were a match, so with no time to spare, they had the surgery at Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital, a procedure Hembre described as "easy."

"I gave a kidney on Friday," he said. "I was dismissed and discharged on Saturday. I was in church on Sunday. I walked for over an hour on Monday."

Edwards is grateful beyond measure and now only prays others will be blessed as he's been.

"The people that see this, I just hope they'll get tested. Give somebody else life. I mean, it's great," he said.

Hembre said he'd do it again if he could.

"It is virtually impossible to live the Christian life without the word give, giving, given, gave - any of those words in your vocabulary," he said. "It's what Christ, it's the reason he came."

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