A Scottish woman is overjoyed after receiving a life-changing organ donation from a fellow churchgoer and friend.
Lois Denham, a member of the leadership team at Love Church in Paisley, has been battling with polycystic kidney disease since she was eight years old. The hereditary condition causes kidney functionality to deteriorate gradually over time.
The 50-year-old had been closely monitored over the years but following a kidney infection in 2020, fatigue and exhaustion became more prevalent and her health took a turn for the worse.
The deterioration in her health meant that a transplant was urgently needed as her kidney functionality had reached three per cent.
That’s when fellow churchgoer and family friend, Josh Hall, came into the picture and offered to donate his kidney.
Hall told Premier that donating his kidney was just an extension of his love for Christ.
“As Christians, we believe in not just heaven when we die but a resurrection in perfect bodies as is said in 1 Corinthians 15. So with that in mind I thought "it's only my body" I’ll get a new one in the resurrection,” Hall told Premier.
“But moreover we all claim to love Christ but if we don’t demonstrate that love by how we treat one another then the world will never see it. That was my motivation.”
After several tests, the 29-year-old was confirmed as a direct match and the operation took place on 17th January.
Speaking of Hall’s selflessness, Denham continued: “What Josh has done, by giving me this new lease of life, it is the gift of life. And it's sacrificial. He's given away part of him that he might need for something one day,” she continued.
“The nearest thing I can compare it to is thinking about what Jesus did for you. When he died on the cross, He gave His life, God gave His whole son not just part of his son, his whole Son, so that you can have life and life in all its fullness. So, you know, Josh didn't give his life for me, he gave his kidney for me, and I have life.”
Around 5,000 people are currently waiting for a kidney transplant in the UK.
“Is the most phenomenal gift to give to somebody…you can give one away without knowing somebody who needs [it]. Prayerfully consider that.”
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