about 18 people die every day because of a shortage
of donated organs.
Some other statistics to consider...
More than 119-thousand people in the U-S are currently
waiting for an organ transplant.
And every 10 minutes.
a new name is added to the waiting list.
we introduce you to a Westby man who received the
gift of life.
from the love of his life.
You could call it luck.
You could call it fate.
But there's no denying the love that bonds.
David and Wanda Johnson of Westby.
:58 She has blessed my life in ways that are just,
there's not enough words to say thank you :02
The two met online almost 3 years ago...
And got married about a year later on 10-11-12.
We were friends, then we became best friends, and
then we became husband and wife
David has struggled with health issues.
he's been living with a cadaver kidney since a transplant
back in 1995..
:32 It's worked great, but age and wear and tear from
the anti-rejection meds have worn it out :40
After the first transplant.
David says he was given his life back.
:05 It was just like somebody turned a light switch
on, the way you felt.
All of the sudden you went from being tired all the
time to having energy and feeling like doing things
he's back on dialysis.
and in need of another transplant.
But this time.
he didn't have to look any farther than across the
:49 When I found that his was failing, I told him,
I'm going to donate :55
:28 She said I gave birth to two beautiful children
by c-section, she said, I can give you a gift of life.
She said I want you for many, many years to share
a life with and how are you going to argue with that
Wanda says she never even gave it a second thought.
:01 I'm not doing it for praise and glory, I'm doing
it because I love him :07
:15 It is the gift of life.
Without it, my life becomes contained to dialysis
3 times a week or being tied every night to a dialysis
machine at home :27
And now David and Wanda want others to know what a
difference they too can make in someone else's life.
:46 If you were blind and you received a cornea transplant,
what kind of emotions would you have the first time
you saw your child or your wife for the very first
:51 To see those emotions in a family an dto see life
come back, instead of existence, that's what's so
moving to me:00
:15 Just knowing that you don't have to be a family
member, you can be a complete stranger and you can
donate and that's what I think is so amazing :29
For David and Wanda.
it's not a new beginning.
but rather a new chapter...
As they exchange the greatest gifts of all...
:02 To express my love, all I can do is give her my
heart and she's had that since day one :09
:38 We always knew God brought us together for a reason
so not only to enjoy the rest of our life together,
but to better his life :50
And I have an update to this story...
David and Wanda underwent the transplant surgeries
at UW-Hospital in Madison..
and they were a success...
They both were able to leave the hospital.
3 days after the transplant.
David says he's feeling a lot better.
and they both feel very blessed for all of the support
Some of the support has come from a transplant support
group at Vernon Memorial Hospital...
Their meetings are held the third Monday of each month.
and are open to anyone who's awaiting a transplant
or who's already had a transplant and their family.
For more information.