A heartwarming story of a pet dog’s life-saving instinct has emerged from South Wales, where a Doberman named Indie helped her owner, Lucy Humphrey, find a perfect kidney donor. Lucy had been on a waiting list for a kidney transplant for years and had just five years left to live. But thanks to Indie’s intuition, she found a one-in-22 million chance match and underwent a successful transplant surgery.
It all started when Lucy took her dogs Jake and Indie to a beach in South Wales. Excited Indie ran off to a stranger 100 yards away and wouldn’t leave her alone. This led to a conversation between Lucy and the stranger, Katie James. Lucy apologized for her pet’s behavior and started chatting on the beach. During the discussion, Katie learned that Lucy was waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant and revealed that she had just gone on the donor register. They exchanged numbers, and Katie expressed willingness to donate her kidney to anyone in need.
Lucy, who had been suffering from kidney failure due to Lupus, was overwhelmed by Katie’s offer. “She had all the tests and it turned out she was a perfect match. It was amazing – Indie almost sussed her out and chose her. A surgeon told us it’s one in 22 million chance to find the perfect match, and that’s what I needed,” Lucy told Daily Mail.
Lucy and her partner Cenydd Owen had initially planned to take their camper van for a weekend break to Aberystwyth, but Lucy was not well enough for the journey. So, they settled for the nearest beach, where Indie’s intuition played a pivotal role in changing their lives.
“Indie kept going over to this woman about 100 yards away – we were calling her back, but she wouldn’t leave her alone. We thought she had food, but in the end, Cenydd went over to apologize because Dobermans can be a bit intimidating. She was having quite a bad time herself, so I invited her to our barbecue. She came over, bought some drinks with her, and offered me some. Cenydd explained that I couldn’t drink as I was on dialysis. She was like: ‘Oh, what’s that for?’ and he said I was waiting for a kidney transplant,” Lucy recalled.
After Katie volunteered to donate her kidney, the two women went to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff on October 3rd last year for transplant surgery. The operation was a success, and Lucy is now fully recovered and living a happy, normal life, all thanks to Indie’s life-saving instinct and Katie’s selfless act of donation.
This heartwarming story showcases the incredible bond between humans and their pets and the power of kindness and generosity. It serves as a reminder of the importance of organ donation and how one small act of kindness can change someone’s life forever. Lucy’s story is a testament to the miracles that can happen when strangers come together unexpectedly, driven by compassion and love.
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