BAY CITY, Mich. (WFLA) – When a Bay City girl learned that her father’s kidneys are failing and he might have to wait for years to find a donor, she said she would have none of that.
“I was just sitting there and in the back of my mind I was thinking, ‘yeah, this waitlist thing… that’s not happening. I can find something. I can do something,” Kim Charters told WNEM.
WNEM reported, that her father Jeff Charters had to go to have dialysis three times a week four hours at a time while being on a waitlist for a donor.
His daughter decided to turn to Facebook to help speed up the process. She started a page “Find Jeff Charters a Kidney” to get the word out. The response came soon.
“I probably had 20 or 30 people actually messaging me and asking me how to go about the process and how to get tested,” she said.
The suitable donor turned out to be one of the very first people who responded on the same day the page was started. Rachael Milks, the girl Kim passed in the halls at Bay City John Glenn High School, offered to get tested. She was a match.
“The thought didn’t really scare me cause I was like this is such a cool thing and I think if I were in the same position, I’d want someone to reach out and, you know, do the same for my dad,” she said.
Rachael got the news that she was the match when she was backpacking in Hawaii. The Charters family picked her up at the Detroit airport.
In August Rachael gave Jeff Charters her kidney. Rachael was able to go home just a day and a half later. She said it wasn’t as bad as people think it may be. And Jeff can’t express his gratitude enough.
“I’d give her the world if I could.There isn’t enough thank yous and hugs in the world for Rachael,” he told WNEM. “I got a grandson in Ohio that I’m looking forward to seeing him again, spending time with my family and just enjoying life.”