The gift: Woman gives stranger kidney, gets 'sister' in return

KNOX NEWS | Kristi Nelson
Christine Voisin, left, hugs Betsy James after speaking about kidney donation at UT Medical Center on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Voisin donated her kidney to James, and neither woman knew each other before being matched. (Photo: Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel )
Since Sept. 25, Betsy James had wondered about the woman.

How did she look? What did she like?

Most of all, what would motivate her to give a complete stranger a precious kidney?

James, 53, lay on a gurney Oct. 18, prepped for surgery, and said a prayer for the faceless woman who was about to change her life.

Christine Voisin knew James’ face, but she knew only the most basic of facts about her: They were about the same age. They were both teachers, both women of faith.

But, two months earlier, Voisin had heard the voice of God over a minute-and-a-half-long TV news segment about James.

Besides, in her mind, Voisin, 53, had relinquished ownership of the kidney years ago. If it hadn’t been able to serve her greatest wish – saving her cherished baby brother – then, she believed, it still had a great purpose outside her body. Continue reading
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