The story you are about to read is a true one, and a testament that in a world of rat race, avarice and chaos, there exists light, compassion and love.
Jim Merthe and Mylaen were married for some years before they divorced twenty years ago. They kept cordial ties with each other and managed to raise their two children alright.
Mylaen got sick and was diagnosed with kidney disease. The illness became serious and she was admitted into a hospital November last year. The doctors pronounced that her kidneys were only functioning at 8% and she would need a kidney transplant.
Mylaen was thrown into despair. She would soon become a grandmother for the first time, as her daughter was pregnant with her first child. Her brother volunteered to donate a kidney, but he wasn’t a match.
Meanwhile, Jim her ex-husband was set to marry his long time sweetheart; Debby. Mylaen knew Debby, she had seen in her in several family gatherings, but they were not close.
But to Mylaen’s utmost shock and surprise, Debby heard about her ailment and offered to donate her kidney.
Can you take a breath for a moment and think of how dumbfounding that is?
Debby went through all the necessary tests, while juggling a house full of kids (she had a 6-year-old girl with autism and five teenagers; some of the children were her biological grandchildren, and some she was fostering.), after the tests, it was confirmed that she was a match for Mylaen.
So, two days after marrying Jim, Debby donned on a hospital gown to donate a kidney to her husband’s ex wife.
The procedure was successful, and when Mylaen gained consciousness, the first she said was, “I need to see her.”
She was allowed to see Debby, “we had our masks on too, so we’re crying, and of course our stomachs were hurting because of the incisions,” Mylaen said. “We kinda laughed and cried.”
Thus, Debby donated her kidney to Mylaen and she proudly noticed that the circles under Mylaen’s eyes were gone, “she looked so alive and revitalized.” Debby said.
Mylaen moved in with her daughter, son-in-law and new baby Jackson to recuperate.“I got to hold him and feed him,” Mylaen gushed. “I was like, ‘I’m actually here to see this and I’m holding this little baby.’”
“This is what the world is about. Family. We need to stick together,” Mylaen said. “Debby saved my life.”
The two women call themselves kidney sisters, pray for each other, coo over their grandbabies and are planning a family trip to Lake Rabun, Georgia, this summer.
Racheal Niza-Val is a Nigerian writer and author. She seeks to use her pen to do only three things. Entertain, Educate, and Enthrall.