Man uses truck to find kidney donor for wife

Man Uses Truck To Find Kidney Donor For Wife

Michelle Stewart found out she needed a kidney transplant last year in February and she and her husband Bob reached out every way they could think of so they didn't have to wait on a list for too long.

Michelle said, "I can feel my body slowing down. I can feel my body changing."

A doctor told KCNC, "It's a really perplexing problem. It really comes down to supply and demand."

The Denver Post reports that they distributed fliers and reached out for help through the media but didn't have any luck.

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Man uses truck to find kidney donor for wife
Photo credit: 2015 World Police & Fire Games

Three weeks ago, Bob decided to try something new: He took out a personal ad for a kidney -- on his truck. He now drives around with "Wife needs kidney. Type O Blood" posted on the back of his truck bed for everyone to see.

World Police & Fire Games shared this photo on Facebook with the caption, "Spotted today in Colorado where the average wait for a kidney of her blood type is 4 years. Let's help him save his wife..."

The same photo was posted to Reddit by a user who actually signed up for testing to see if they were a match for Michelle. Her story has since gone viral and Michelle says it's blown her away.

"The support on the Internet has been amazing. I've gone from no hope and struggling to share my story to millions of people seeing it. I'm without words. I feel very blessed and honored."

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 12 people die every day waiting for a kidney transplant.

The University of Colorado Hospital said its Transplant Center has received so many calls that it can't respond fast enough. It's now urging people to learn more about the donating process on its website, so there is little delay in response.

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