Widowed mom with 4 kids in desperate need of a kidney. Stranger sees her plea and steps up to help

"She has four children, and she's a single mom, and it just felt like the right thing to do."
July 16, 2018 8:57 am Last Updated: July 16, 2018 11:44 am

When life throws us for a loop, it’s up to us to figure out the best course of action for the situation.

Because sometimes, you have no choice but to fight.

This is the case with Nathalie De of Santa Clarita, California, as she’s been through a lot the past decade.

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She was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease more than a decade ago, a disease that had taken her father’s life.

Making matters worse, she’s raising four young children by herself, as her husband had succumbed to cancer before.

Considering all of this, she found herself having no choice but to do her best to fight the illness.

“The prognosis was very difficult for me to comprehend,” De told CBS Local. “But it was a move I had to make to make sure that I’m able to be here and care for my sons.”

She’s still fighting, even after continually being on dialysis from losing both of her kidneys to the disease.

But to her, it’s all worth it because of the children.

“Looking at my sons quarreling or playing has made the journey bearable,” De told KHTS.

Recently, De would take her story to social media, hoping that one eligible person would be able to help her. Even local news stations like KHTS picked up her story.

Given that she’s dealt with kidney problems for over a decade, who knows how much longer she would’ve had to deal with them until she got a new kidney.

But this changed when someone saw her plea.

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Terri Miller, a woman De had never met before, came across the plea on social media, and she took it upon herself to help her.

Ironically enough, Miller works only a few miles from where De lives. And something told Miller that she was meant to help this woman.

“God put it on my heart to do it,” Miller said. “She has four children, and she’s a single mom, and it just felt like the right thing to do.”

Without hesitating, Miller underwent tests to see if she was a kidney match for the mother.

And sure enough, a match was confirmed.

At last, De could get the kidney she’s been waiting for, and she couldn’t have been happier.

“Thank you, from the bottom of my heart,” De said to Miller.

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Her years-long fight finally paid off, thanks to a complete stranger.

The surgery is scheduled to happen in the next few weeks. Both women hope that the story can show how crucial organ donors are to people in need.

“You can be a living donor,” Miller said. “I’m gonna be able to go on with the rest of my life perfectly normal, and she will, too.”

Go here to learn more about donating kidneys.