Two strangers walk into a bar, one offers her kidney

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You never know what can happen when two people meet in a bar. Friendship. Love. Marriage. And perhaps, the gift of a kidney.

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In a heartwarming story that could probably only stem from Minnesota, a woman named Kristen Day offered her kidney to a man only two hours after meeting him at a bar in the town of Nimrod. She noticed the fistula on the man’s arm, which is a port used for administering dialysis, according to the Duluth News Tribune. The man needed dialysis every other day because of his damaged kidneys. The two struck up a conversation, and Day soon offered him a vital organ. She tells the News Tribune, “It was just kind of crazy… We were in the right place at the right time.”

When health screenings revealed her to be a match, Day went off to surgery, about six months to the day of meeting her new friend. She says, “I honestly had no fear about the surgery… I felt so sure about my decision. I think that’s why I didn’t feel scared about it.”

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It’s a lovely story, and we suggest you give the Duluth News Tribune your hard-earned clicks (and turn off your ad-blocker, please!). And organ donation—we hope you think about it. Here’s a choice quote from Day: “If you are healthy enough to give back, and you are able to and have people who would take care of you, I strongly suggest it. You feel good. I feel happy and I’m so happy he’s doing well. He gets his life back. That’s a pretty cool deal.”

Pretty cool deal.

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

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You met a guy in a bar who already had extensive kidney damage, and you thought that was a good investment of a kidney?

I know a guy who donated a kidney to a relative stranger because that person had a congenital kidney defect and was near death’s door, and the only reason he knew the guy was they both had the same hobby collecting Star Wars action figures. It was a serious surgery and a 6-months recovery time. The recipient of the kidney wasn’t stupid enough to be a drinker.