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Hooters Waitress Donates Kidney To Long-Term Customer

A waitress at a Hooters in Roswell, Georgia, has offered to help a regular customer at the restaurant by giving him one of her kidneys.

Mariana Villarreal hadn’t been working at Hooters long when she met Don Thomas, who had lost his kidneys to cancer.

"I said, 'Well I have two kidneys, do you want one of mine?’,” Villarreal recalled to WXIA.

"My reply was, 'I will accept it’,” Thomas added.

Villarreal hopes that the story will inspire others to follow her example.

"Mariana and I are just two normal people," Thomas commented. "One who needs help — me — and Mariana who is so willing to give help."

It was the death of Villarreal’s grandmother due to kidney failure that inspired her to make the offer.

"I wasn't able to do anything for my grandma," Villarreal explained. "If [Don] can live two more years, happy as he's ever been, that's fine with me. That's not up to me. I did my part, now it's God's turn to keep him alive."

The two were due to go in for surgery Friday and are expected to continue to live healthy lives afterward.

"You can live your whole life with one just (sic) kidney," Dr. Harrison Pollinger, one of the program directors at the Piedmont Transplant Institute, stated. "You only need one kidney for normal kidney function."

This is not the first time that a stranger has donated a kidney in Georgia. Time recently reported on the case of a woman who found her kidney donor on Reddit, resulting in a close friendship.

Sources: Daily Mail, WXIA, Time

Photo Credit: Daily Mail


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