Woman donates kidney to man after seeing car decal request


According to the National Kidney Foundation, 13 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant.

Death was the greatest fear for David Lanning, Jr.

"You talk about desperation, that’s what we felt constantly... desperation," said Lanning.

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About two years ago, Lanning's dad, David Sr. was in need of a kidney.

"Dad was in really bad renal failure," said Lanning, Jr. "Basically his kidneys were shutting down. We were in danger of losing the guy."

Out of desperation, David Sr.'s daughter Lacie put a decal on her car which read: "My Daddy needs a kidney Type A+ or O Blood."

"You think in the back of your mind, 'I don’t know if it’s going to help," admitted David Jr. Still.

The Lanning family was willing to try anything to help find a donor.

After several failed contacts, Samantha Kerr ran into the sign and gave the Lanning family a call.

"I think that I’ve seen signs like that before, but this was so specific," said Samantha Kerr who has an A+ blood type.

Kerr filled out the proper paperwork and began testing to find out if she was a match.

"I was like — we gotta do this," said Kerr. "Dialysis three times a week is just not a way to live. Where this one kidney — that I don’t even need — why can’t I?".

After waiting nervously, the Lanning family finally got the call they had been hoping for.

"My sister is on the other end of the phone and she’s in tears," said David, Jr. "She says: we got a match!”

As happy as both the donor and recipient were -- there were several unexpected hurdles that would stand in their way.

Kerr was injured in a house fire and David Sr. broke both of his hips.

Those injuries put a year and a half delay on their surgery.

Finally, on December 28, 2018, Samantha gave David Sr. one of her kidneys.

"She's my lifesaver," said David Sr. "She's my bestest friend in the world now."

The two have become inseparable. Samantha goes to David Sr. doctors' appointments with him and the Lanning family considers her to be family.