Two strangers who crossed paths due to a kidney pairing swap are meeting again four years after their surgeries.
In 2008, Douglas “DJ” Jordan was diagnosed with non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis and needed a liver transplant, according to a release.
After one attempt of receiving a kidney that his body rejected, Jordan’s transplant surgeon suggested the Kidney Pairing/Swap Program, a Living Donor Program that allows people to donate/swap their kidneys with a stranger.
Jordan’s brother, Chris, wasn’t a match for him, but in 2014, they both underwent transplant surgeries through the program, read the release. Chris donated his kidney to Brian Popp, a 35-year-old male from Dayton, OH who lives in Madison, WI, and Jordan received a kidney from a 24-year-old female from Bethpage, NY.
"The Gift of Life is color-blind. At the time of our transplants, I was a 51-year-old African-American male and my brother was a 40-year-old African-American male. For my first transplant, I received a liver and kidney from a 27-year-old white female from West Virginia. My second donor was also a white female. Despite the bad things going on in our country at the moment, I want people to know that there's still good in the world. Different people of different races, genders, and cultures are saving each other lives and it's happening around us every day,” said Jordan.
The Jordan and Popp families came together the day after Thanksgiving in 2017 to celebrate their bond, and decided to make it a tradition each year to give thanks, stated the release.
The two families will meet again today for their celebration of life dinner at Jordan’s home in Dayton.
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