Gives man kid­ney – 16 years after dead hubby did same

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AGOOD-HEARTED widow in Florida is keep­ing her hus­band’s legacy alive by do­nat­ing a kid­ney to the ail­ing man who re­ceived her spouse’s or­gans 16 years ago!

When roofer Bryan Her­ring­ton lost his life in a work ac­ci­dent in 2004 at age 35, his or­gans saved the lives of four strangers — in­clud­ing Jeff Granger, now 59.

After Jeff re­ceived Bryan’s kid­ney and pan­creas, he and his fam­ily struck up a friend­ship with Bryan’s widow, Terri Her­ring­ton.

But in April 2019, Jeff learned he was hav­ing kid­ney fail­ure again — and, shortly af­ter­ward, Terri of­fered to give him one of hers!

After test­ing con­firmed she was a healthy match, the del­i­cate pro­ce­dures were suc­cess­fully per­formed at Florida Health Shands Hospi­tal.

Terri hopes their story will in­spire oth­ers to be­come donors. “I want peo­ple to re­al­ize that be­ing an or­gan donor doesn’t cost you any­thing,” she says.

Adds Jeff: “You don’t have to be a liv­ing donor, but there’s no sense of putting or­gans in the dirt when you can save some­one’s life.”

Lucky Jeff Granger (left) re­ceived two of Bryan’s or­gans, and Terri Her­ring­ton of­fered him one of her kid­neys!

Bryan Her­ring­ton died in a roof­ing ac­ci­dent in 2004

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