It’s easy to miss the little things when we’re stuck in our daily routines. Sometimes it takes a twist of fate to make us notice what’s right in front of us. Just ask Susan Fox, a woman who was in the parking lot of a California Costco when a force she calls the “Holy Spirit” made her take note of a small message that would go on to change lives.
“I kept walking and as I got closer to my car, I can only explain it as this wind, this really strong wind rushed through my body and actually physically made me turn around,” Fox told a local news station. What she saw was a sticker attached to a car’s rear windshield that read “I need a kidney (B-).” The message, which had been on the car since late 2017, was the work of a San Diego woman named Teri Sampson, who was suffering from a rare genetic blood condition that caused both her kidneys to fail. “And at that point, I then noticed the blood type B negative,” Fox continued. “I hadn’t noticed that before. And I thought, wow, that’s my blood type, and that’s unusual.”
Sampson was having difficulty finding a donor because of her uncommon B negative blood type. Only two percent of people in the world could be a match. Desperate to unplug herself from the dialysis machine, Sampson had placed the adhesive to spread the word. Two months after the sticker went up, Sampson received a call that a donor kidney had been found: Susan Fox. “It was absolutely desperate measures because I didn’t know what else to do,” Sampson told Fox5. “I didn’t really think it was going to make a difference, and it’s what changed it all.”
For almost a year, Sampson and Fox prepared for the transplant without ever meeting each other. “This total stranger that I don’t know is going to save my life, and I mean, how wonderful is that?” Sampson said at the time. “It’s huge. If I can meet them and tell them how much their selfless gesture has completely restored my faith in all humanity — it’s the most beautiful thing ever.”
Earlier this month, Sampson finally received her kidney — and she met Fox for the first time. “You know, I’ve tried for the last six months to write a letter to her, to explain the gratitude. I start crying, I can’t get past the first line,” Sampson said tearfully from her hospital bed. After the surgery, Fox sat by the woman to whom she’d just given the gift of a kidney and fought back tears. “I’m just very humbled by what God started and what he’s finishing,” Fox said. “I just wish her the best with her life — that she’s healthy and well.”
How do you say thank you to someone that you don't know ….that is giving you life?!?!? The same way I asked for the help THANK YOU!!!!!Posted by Teri Sampson on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Sampson says she’ll never know how to show Fox her full appreciation, though she recently found a small way to do it. “I put a new sign on my car that says, ‘I love my kidney donor and thank you.’ She’s so sweet. I mean how do you thank someone for saving your life for giving you a future, giving you a part of them?”