Larry Swilling has been on a months-long quest: He's searching for a kidney for his wife.
The 78-year-old, who has been looking for a compatible kidney donor for 76-year-old Jimmie Sue since last September, has caught the attention of the Web.
But almost a year later, and despite lots of good will and plenty of offers from around the globe, he still doesn't have a match.
It all started when Jimmie Sue Swilling, who was born with one instead of a pair of these vital organs, began to experience kidney failure.
Larry Swilling, who has been married to his wife for 57 years, told CBS News last year that his wife is “my heart,” and that he could not accept the two- to three-year-long waiting list from deceased donors.
Neither Larry nor other family members are a suitable match, which depends on blood and tissue compatibility, among other things.
There is no waiting list for someone who offers to donate a kidney to a specific person as long as the kidney is compatible.
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