Sure, you’ve heard of borrowing a cup of sugar from a neighbor or even asking them to grab your mail for you when you’re out of town. It’s not every day, however, that someone offers to donate a kidney to a neighbor who is suffering from a serious disease.
But that’s exactly what happened to Dave Courtney when his decades-long neighbor, Nancy Seigneur, said she would help him in his time of need.
Seigneur, 52, of Sylvania, Ohio, surprised Courtney, 63, and his wife, Christine, by revealing on “Good Morning America” that she is a perfect match and will undergo the procedure to give him one of her kidneys. Courtney has been on the transplant list for three years.
“I’m speechless,” Courtney told “GMA” when Seigneur told him the news.
Seigneur added, “I wanted to help. This is the way I can do this, for Dave. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Watch the moment when Courtney — who has been living with a kidney disease since 1990 — realizes it’s his good friend and neighbor who will be saving his life:
Seigneur’s news came at the perfect time. This past April, Courtney found out his condition had worsened, leading him to start dialysis.
“I have an amazing husband,” Christine Courtney said. “And I certainly would welcome anyone who would be willing to donate a kidney for him … There’s not any better gift than that.”
Dave Courtney told GMA that his grandchildren had given him the motivation he needed to persevere throughout the last several years.
“We’re going to be okay,” he said. “I’m pretty sure of that.”
Seigneur said she “jumped at the chance” to get tested and see if she was a match. She was shocked to learn that she actually was. “You’re thinking, ‘How could I be a match?’ … And I am!” she said. “I am a match!'”
Talk about a great neighbor! Wishing good health to these inspiring friends.