'Wife Needs A Kidney!' How A Car Window Sign Saved The Life Of An Ailing Woman


May 22, 2018 17:56 By Fabiosa

When a person you love needs help, you will do what you can to make sure they get it. This was exactly what a man named Luis Pinto did when his wife was desperately in need of a kidney. 

Luis' car message

Phyllis Pinto, Luis' wife, was diagnosed with a condition known as polycystic kidney disease four years ago. She needed a kidney transplant, and the couple explored many avenues to make that possible. But they were unable to make any headway.

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Luis, who spoke to Yahoo Lifestyle, said they turned to family and friends. Most of them did not volunteer to donate, and the few that did were not a match for Phyllis. With each day that passed, Phyllis, who was in Stage 4 kidney disease, was getting closer to complete kidney failure. They needed a donor quickly as due to her small veins, dialysis was almost an impossibility. And Luis could not donate, as he had diabetes.

That means that if her kidneys fail, my wife would not live more than 48 hours.

After many weeks of running around trying to find a solution, Luis decided to rely on the kindness of strangers of social media. He remembered a story he read of a person who succeeded in saving the life of someone he loves by putting a sign on a car window.

Luis did the exact same thing. He drove around for four years with a car window sign that read "Wife Needs A Kidney, ‘O’ Blood Type." People began taking pictures of the sign and share on social media. Finally, this last December, the post went viral, reaching up to half a million people.

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One day, a woman named Heather Johnson called him, and she became the answer to their prayers. The mom of three was the perfect match and was able to pass all the health tests needed for her to donate.


After years of waiting, the surgery took place recently, and it was successful. Both women did very well. Johnson, who did not think much of what she did, told a local news station:

I didn’t feel like I was that special. I just felt like God wanted me to help her. I didn’t think it was that big a deal.

Luis, on the other hand, was incredibly grateful. 

This wonderful angel Heather, she’s so humble. She doesn’t want anything. I couldn’t ask for an angel like this if I tried. God and faith sent her to us.

A t-shirt that saved a life

This is not the first time a sign like Luis' ended up going viral and saving a life. A desperate Rob Leibowitz needed a kidney and as a hail mary, he wore a T-shirt that said "In need of kidney." He then took his children to Disney World.

People took a lot of pictures and they went viral. A man named Richie Sully saw the picture and became Rob's savior.

These stories really do renew our faith in humanity. Sometimes, the ones closest to us may disappoint. But this does not mean we should give up. There could be a stranger out there that can turn out to rescue us. Never give up.

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