SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – A California woman is recovering after donating the gift of life to an ailing man who posted a Craigslist ad seeking a life-saving kidney.

“I’m feeling really well, without pain meds. I’m surprised how good I’m doing,” Jessica Morris told KPIX.

kidney transplant 0618181 Woman Responding To Craigslist Ad Makes Life Saving Kidney Donation

Jessica Morris (left) donated her kidney to David Nicherie, who suffers from an autoimmune disease. (CBS)

Morris felt good enough to visit Alcatraz with her father on Father’s Day, five days after donating her kidney to a man she didn’t know.

“He’ll probably be my friend for life. He has a piece of me for life, so he has no choice,” Morris said.

ALSO: World Health Organization Classifies ‘Gaming Disorder’ As Mental Health Condition

The man, David Nicherie of Las Vegas, has family in the Bay Area. An autoimmune disease put him on daily dialysis.

Nicherie was several years down on the kidney donation list. He said he was very close to moving to hospice when Morris answered an ad he placed on Craigslist.

“An angel, because only an angel could come down and decide, ‘I’m going to save your life,’” Nicherie said.

They talked, met in person and found they have a lot in common. She is a medical technician from Newport Beach. He was born in the same hospital as her in Orange County. They’re both 30.

ALSO: Walmart Shopper Accused Of Making $1.3 Million For 1,000 Fake Returns

Doctors found she was a perfect match. He couldn’t believe this was happening.

“She gave me purpose to live, she gave me hope,” Nicherie told KPIX 5. “Even if it turned out she had been not healthy enough or couldn’t donate, or just something, she gave me something I didn’t have.”

There is a risk of infection. What if she needs her other kidney someday? Questions like that didn’t seem to faze Morris one bit.

ALSO: Deputy Arrested For Sexually Abusing 4-Year-Old Undocumented Immigrant In Texas

“No one is looking at the other side, this person is dying. So, why risk something that’s a hypothetical idea for something that is true?” Morris said. “Really in David’s case, if I didn’t intervene he may have died.”

Last Tuesday, at UCSF’s Parnassus campus, both of them were wheeled in for surgery. The transplant was successful. His prognosis is very good.

“She’s always been like this, I’ve always called her ‘Jessie Nightingale,’” said Dan Morris, Jessica’s father. “I was, until three weeks ago, totally in the dark about this. She has all my support.”

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s