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Truly a Match Made in Heaven

If there is such a thing as a match “made in Heaven,” its evidence may be marked in the beautiful relationship between Jarena Bates and Tye Johnson, a couple who is engaged to be married. One day last May their rare love affair took on a significant challenge when her doctors told Jarena, “You are in kidney failure and must have a transplant.”

Immediately the search for a donor began. The chances of finding a kidney suitable for Jarena were considered slim. There are 5,000 people living in New York who also need kidney transplants and the average wait for an organ is 7 to 9 years. Jarena was desperate.

      Then came the miracle. Her fiancé was found to be a perfect match, and overriding the arguments of Jarena, he made the decision to donate one of his kidneys so that his beloved could live.

      “Actually, I decided to do it on my own. She didn’t want me to get tested — she didn’t want to put me through the pain and suffering,” he said. “But, I insisted.” It’s a decision, Johnson said, he never thought twice about. “When I first found out that we were a match, I knew we were meant to be together.”

      This lovely story continues for the operations were successful, and now within Jarena’s body, and functioning perfectly, is the kidney of Tye Johnson, her beloved, her saviour. Truly this must be a match made in Heaven.

      There is more here including videos taken the day of the surgery which show touching scenes between the doctor and the families. Pictures, links and other information from Fox News.

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      By Shirley Buxton

      Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

      6 replies on “Truly a Match Made in Heaven”

      Hi, Jr.

      I love this story, and like you, I hope their love and beautiful relationship continues.

      Reading this probably brought new grief to you because of the recent death of Rose. Again, I’m sorry.

      I’m going to email you in a few minutes to get your overseas computer telephone number. I want to call you, but I can’t tell on my phone which number was your toll free number. Don’t want charges to Chile on my cell phone. 🙂

      Love you-

      Edit: Call me: The email I sent bounced. 😦


      This is a true love story and I hope and pray they enjoy each other each millisecond of each day. One never knows when the other will be taken away.
      Hope to see you and Jerry sometime on one of my return trips to the USA.

      Love you, Jr.


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