Woman gives away organ meant for her to save stranger

Brenda Jones, left, is credited with saving the life of Abigail Flores after giving away her spot on the liver transplant waiting list.(Photo: WFAA)
USA TODAY | Seeka Sanhori

DALLAS - After waiting a year to get to the top of the waiting list for a new liver, a woman made an incredible sacrifice for a stranger, one that doctors said they'd never seen before.

Brenda Jones, 69, opted to put herself back on the waiting list for a liver transplant in order to save the life of another woman who had a more urgent need. Doctors believed that Abigail Flores, 23, had at most 24 hours to live if she didn't get a new liver.

“The judgment behind it seemed very clear, but it still felt unorthodox nonetheless,” said Dr. Greg McKenna, a Baylor Hospital surgeon.

The liver was a match for both women. Jones said it was easy for her to make the decision to give the liver to Flores.

“In my heart, I wouldn’t have been able to live with the liver if I had let this little girl die," Jones said. "And I still had more time ... I would have been a very selfish person." Continue reading
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