Kelley Bundick has donated her kidney to Mychel Armour, a 17-year-old teenager in North Carolina.
(Fox 5 Atlanta)
A chance post on a Facebook page of a stranger as a volunteer to be a kidney donor for a 17-year-old in desperate need of a new organ. Kelley Bundick, a 42-year-old single mother of two in Georgia, told Fox 5 Atlanta that after seeing a photo of Mychel Armour on social media, she knew that she had to do something to help.
Armour was diagnosed with Lupus at the age of 9 and has advanced kidney failure. She is unable to join her North Carolina high school dance team, swimming or sleepovers with friends, because they need to sleep with a dialysis machine to remove toxins from her blood, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. The family turned to an existing Facebook page “Our Daddy needs A Kidney – Team Callaway, which was created for a detective in need of an organ, to see if they can find a donor for Armour.
Bundick, a follower of Team Callaway’s page, saw the Armour post, and called to Emory University to see if she could be a match.
“And they didn’t even know our story,” Armour’s mother, Jaqueline, told Fox 5 Atlanta. “She did not know the details. Nothing. And we are not on her questions. They are volunteers.”
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Bundick healthy kidney was removed at Emory University and taken through an underground tunnel to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where surgeons were waiting to operate on an Armor, the news station reported.
Armour’s celebrated her 17th birthday in the hospital while I was recovering, and she said that her new kidney was the greatest gift she could have asked for.
“Other people will take money or material things,” she told the news station. “I got a kidney.”
Dr. Paul Tso, Armour with the surgeon, told Fox 5 Atlanta the kidney looks like a “perfect” fit as far and that they will not have to continue with the dialysis.
“I get to live life the way I want it right now,” Armour said.
The family plans to stay in touch with Bundick, who they now consider family.
“She has a whole future in front of her,” Bundick said. “And I wanted her to have the life to enjoy it.”