Woman's friend donates kidney to save fiance
The best friend of a bride-to-be whose fiance suffered from a debilitating kidney condition learned from doctors that she was a match for a lifesaving organ donation.
In need of a transplant after a successful bought with colon cancer that caused his kidneys to fail, 37-year-old Matthew Botchler learned he would not be allowed to place his name on a transplant list because of his complicated health background. Doctors told him he had to find his own living donor.
He found one over Facebook, when his bride-to-be, Megan McIver, tapped one of her best friends to save her fiance's life. Alex Lawson is both MicIver's childhood friend and a perfect match.
In spite of an enduring friendship, McIver wasn't sure whether her best friend would actually donate her kidney.
"You're also faced with that fact that she's your best friend," McIver says. "So if she was to back out, obviously you can't be upset with her or angry at her because this is a big decision."
But Lawson, who now lives in Virginia, says she never had a doubt.
"I'm a pretty lucky person to have a friend like that," McIver says.