It was truly heartwarming to read this story in our papers some time back of two persons whom I know personally.
Andy, a father of two teenagers was suffering from late-stage liver failure. He was in total shock and despair when told that his liver was badly scarred and hardening as a result of hepatitis B.
The medical doctor said Andy would face complications such as recurrent fluid accumulation in the tummy. He added, “The overall prognosis and survival would have been poor” if he did not have a transplant.
Andy’s wife, siblings and 18-year-old son were all found to be unsuitable as donors. Only his daughter was a match. Although scared, she wanted to help. But at 16, she was too young as donors had to be at least 21.
The family lost all hope.
Then Ralph visited him in hospital. Andy was surprised to see his colleague whom he only knew casually.But even more surprising was when Ralph said, “If you need a donor, let me know.”
Ralph has four young children aged one to nine years old. He had just committed to a new executive condominium unit. Still that did not stop him from giving part of his liver. His wife was anxious but supportive when he told her he felt it a strong prompting from God.
The transplant was carried out.
The operation left Ralph with less than half of his liver. Andy responded very well and his other medical problems were resolved.
Today Andy is able to celebrate Christmas, perhaps with a deeper understanding and gratitude.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined“ (Isaiah 9:2).
Christmas is that ray of hope when God gave a part of Himself. He gave His only begotten Son to be born that we “who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death” might live.
Andy understands that perfectly. Someone gave so that he could live.
Just so God gave that we might live.
That’s joy to the world!