After walking the streets of South Carolina with a sign slung around his neck and asking for a kidney donation for his wife, Larry Swilling’s efforts have finally paid off.
The story made international headlines when Swilling first endeavored to replace his wife’s dying kidney.
“I've had calls from miles around. I’ve had calls from Egypt, Sweden, all over,” Larry said, though none of the donors had been the right match.
Jimmie Sue Swilling now appears to be in luck, as The Medical University of South Carolina has found a donor after one year of searching.
“I knew it was going to happen because I know him,” Jimmie Sue Swilling said. “He wouldn't have stopped until he got me one.”
After 57 years of marriage, Larry still refers to his wife as “his heart”.
Little is known about the donor, according to the Swillings, though they are aware the donor is retired out of services and lives in Virginia Beach.
The couple is due to arrive in Charleston next week where final testing will take place, with a surgery scheduled for Sep. 12.