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Woman Donates Kidney To Friend Days Before Christmas

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Darryl Reece had his prayers answered Monday when he received a new kidney. But he never thought he would get the donated organ from someone he called a friend.

"This is a gift. It's truly a Christmas gift, like Jesus was a gift to us," Reece said.

For the last four and half years Reece has dealt with a failing kidney. For three of those years he has been on the transplant list at Nashville's St. Thomas Medical Center. It is a fact of life he just had to live with.

"You make it everyday, because you don't have a choice. I mean I can't sugar coat it, it's life or death," Reece explained.

Last spring, a local newspaper featured Reece in an article about people on transplant waiting lists. His friend Patricia Kluttz just happened to come across the article when she stopped to get gas.

"I just saw that he needed a kidney and I would try and be a match, and if I could, that I would," Kluttz said.

It turned out that Kluttz was a match and the answer to Reece's prayers. But she never told her friend of her selfless act.

Reece only found out after a member of the St. Thomas transplant team told him. Reece could not believe her reaction when he eventually approached her.

"She was like, oh yeah you know I went and got tested and I'm a match. She was so non-chalent, I was just like that, wow Pat because it's so humbling for someone to do that for you," he said.

Kluttz said she never had any reservations about donating a kidney to her friend.

"I was at complete peace with the whole process. Never once questioned it, had a second thought about it," Kluttz explained.

The two friends had their surgery Monday at St. Thomas and were ready to be released on Friday morning. Both are doing well and credit their faith for the success.

"I believe, in my heart, that God had this all worked out before I even thought about it. The way that everything has fallen together, I truly believe this is what God desired for Darryl's life," Kluttz said.

It will take Reece a little more than a month to recover from surgery and return to work. Doctors said Kluttz could be off the job for eight months as she recovers.

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