Neal Raisman’s plight has a happy ending.
The retired Bexley college president can live life to the fullest after a kidney transplant a week ago– the result of a selfless stranger who saw his desperate plea for a donor affixed to the rear windshield of his Subaru.
But for more than another 121,000 Americans who need a life-saving organ, the agonizing wait continues.
Raisman might also have helped many others through his unusual effort to call attention to the urgent need for donors.
He and his daughter plastered their cars’ rear windows with bright yellow tape spelling out a plea: “Got Kidney? I need 1. PLEASE call or text.”
The 68-year-old husband and father had suffered from kidney disease for seven years and spent a difficult year on dialysis.
“It’s not a matter of comfort,” Raisman said at the time. “It’s a matter of mortality.”
More than 100 people called, including pranksters, prisoners and foreigners (illegally) seeking a way into the United States.
Others didn’t follow through or weren’t a good match.
But four months ago, a central Ohio woman who had twice spotted Raisman’s car took it as a sign. She turned out to be an excellent donor.
While recovering at the Wexner Medical Center’s Comprehensive Transplant Center, Raisman wrote her a note.
She paid him a visit, and hugs and tears followed.
“Tell me,” Raisman asked, “how you put a price on a second chance at life? How can anyone possibly know what that means?”
His donor asks to remain anonymous, uncomfortable with any praise. Nevertheless, she deserves heaps of it.
And she serves as an inspiration to others, who also register to become an organ donor to save strangers.
It’s as simple as checking a box on an Ohio driver’s license, going to www.lifelineofohio.org or calling 800- 525-5667.–Columbus Dispatch