Have you ever been out with your family or friends then when you are having some candid moments, something unusual captures your attention? A couple whose names are Rocio Sandoval and Juan were having some good time in Disney world last week when something unusual captured their attention. It was an elderly man who was pushing one of his five kids in a wheelchair through the park and what really captured Rocio’s eyes is the white t-shirt the man was wearing. In big, black letters it said “In need of Kidney O Positive,” and listed a phone number.
The man was advertising himself although Rocio thought that his child was the one who was sick. The single dad and father of 5 had a kidney failure and needed a transplant. The couple was really moved by the hard situation the man was going through and so they decided to take a snap and shared it online. Because of the love of the Facebook community, the post was shared by over a million people and most of them were donors. Robert did not believe such an instance and he really thanked the couple for supporting him.
Robert was afraid that people would ignore him since most of them thought that his child in the wheelchair was the one who needed the transplant. It’s such a heartbreaking story to hear that a single dad who has a kidney failure has to support his children all by himself. The worst thing too is that he was ‘O’ positive and he needed to have an ‘O’ positive donor of which it is hard to find such donors.
In this domain that we live in, there are people who were gifted with kind hearts and those that are humble all the way. Sandoval took her time to approach Robert, offered to take a picture of his shirt and shared it online. Leibowitz encouraged her to ‘share with the world’. The fact is that not every person is always willing to assist the other person but some of us are always there for one another. His children really supported him and gave him some motivation that he will make it.
By God’s grace, his message on his t-shirt ended up reaching onto the many. He was running against time but the old man didn’t give up on hope. This wasn’t something recent to him. He had a kidney infection while he was just 12 years old. He went to have some treatment at the hospital, told that he was cured but at the age of 40 the tests revealed that his organs had not fully recovered from his childhood illness. He felt that the infection had not been completely treated but the doctor’s kept on telling him that he is well. It was a hidden disease.
Living in such a state can cause stress that is unbearable. The Facebook community was so kind that they came out in large numbers. Would you be among the people who would come out and offer some assistance in any way or would you just ignore the situation?
Leibowitz was forced to take a dialysis treatment for four hours a day. The pain and suffering that he went through were beyond the pain that we go through in our day to day in lives. Sandoval deserves some appreciation as she changed someone’s life. He now has a lot of donors so be assured that he is going to live a healthy life. Let’s pray and support each other in every way so that we can move onwards with peace and love amongst us.
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