Elderly Man Takes To The Streets To Find A Kidney For His Wife

What would you do for love? Answers will vary on that of course, but we can find some incredible inspiration by looking at just how far some folks will go for their loved ones. Wayne Winters, 74, is at the top of the list these days, as he’s become a viral sensation over the steps he is taking to help his wife get through a health crisis. As the Huffington Post shares, Deanne Winters has stage five kidney failure, and she’s in desperate need of a transplant.

That’s led Wayne to go on the hunt for one, and he’s come up with an amazing way to draw some attention to his wife’s plight. He’s been marching up and down the streets of Farr West, Utah with a sign hanging around him.

“Need Kidney 4 Wife,” the sign reads.

Also on the sign are his wife’s blood type, his phone number, and a message that he’s not the only one in need right now.

“1,000 kidneys needed in Utah and Idaho,” reads the back of the sign.

Images and video of the elderly man have been shared on social media, and Wayne has become a sensation. Local station KSTU-TV caught up with him to gain some additional insight.

“She’s on dialysis and she doesn’t like it, it’s horrible,” he said. “This is the worst I’ve ever seen her. She don’t look good.”

His wife has also become a mini-celebrity, and she shared a simple message with KSL.

“I have a lot of living left to do,” she said.

Wayne became determined to find a match for his wife, and his research online led him to come across the story of a man from South Carolina that used a sign to attempt to find a kidney for his ailing wife. That was all the inspiration that Wayne needed to see, and he hit the streets.

"It's my job to try and find kidneys for people," Wayne Winters told WTHR.

"He just decided, 'I'm going to get you a kidney. I don't like to see you the way you're feeling,'" Deanne added.

Wayne notes that the response has been pretty overwhelming since he became a social media sensation, but he’s still pounding the pavement to find a perfect match.

"It's overwhelming me a little bit," he said. "She's just a good person, and everybody loves her."

The man from South Carolina, Larry Swilling, eventually found a match for his wife, and she underwent a successful kidney transplant. She would pass away a few years later due to complications from Parkinson’s disease, but her husband’s efforts bought her a few more precious years.

We’ll hold out hope that Wayne will find similar success on his quest to help his beloved wife, and also hope that additional attention will be drawn to the need for donors as a result. The National Kidney Foundation has information readily available on its website for both those in need and for prospective donors.

Source: HuffPost
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