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Loogootee Woman Receives Gift Of Life
Updated February 10, 2014 6:31 AM | Filed under: Interest
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(LOOGOOTEE) - What would you do if someone you barely knew needed your kidney?

Sissy Woody of Loogootee found out on February 14, 2011 that her health was failing. She needed a kidney.

At 45, the mother of two boys was dying. For two years, as Woody was growing weaker on dialysis, she began growing stronger in her faith. Her prayers for a donated kidney were multiplied when the congregation at United Methodist joined her battle. Many in the congregation were tested, but nothing.

Sometimes prayers are answered in unexpected ways and while Woody was facing her death sentence, another mother and member at United Methodist, Christine Walker of Loogootee, had secretly spent months going through test after test passing them all.

The two women went to the same church, but were not close. But that has all changed.

In what they call choreographed operations, St. Vincent surgeons took Walker's kidney and precisely transferred it to Woody's body. The operation was a success.

Walker doesn't like to be called a hero, but to Woody she is. It was a gift that saved a life, restored hope and developed a life-long friendship.

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