Auburn University graduate Clay Taber had everything going for him. His education and engagement to his college sweetheart offered a promising future for the 23 year old, but all that changed when he started to experience symptoms after returning from a graduation vacation celebration in the Gulf of Mexico (CBS News). He went into renal failure and was diagnosed with Goodpasture’s syndrome at Emory University Hospital. Clay Taber’s life changed drastically and he soon found himself in the transplant unit waiting for a healthy kidney.
Georgia nurse donates kidney to transplant patient
Georgia nurse, Allison Batson, worked on the transplant floor at Emory Hospital. When she heard about the young patent in renal failure, it tugged at her heart. She had children his age, and once she met him, a bond grew between the nurse and patient. Whenever she came on duty, she stopped by to see him, and they spent quite a bit of time together. Batson asked to be considered as a donor, if one could not be found among his circle of family and friends.
When a suitable match could not be found among next of kin and others in his circle, Batson stepped up to the opportunity and donated one of her kidneys. Her sacrifice offered Clay Taber hope and a new start. When asked what he thought of Batson’s unselfish and lifesaving donation, he said it was “A blessing from God.”
Give what’s needed
The bible teaches that faith without works is dead.
“If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself” (James 2:15-17) (NASB)
Batson’s willingness to donate a kidney to someone she’d known for a short time is a prime example of an unselfish act. Faith that is alive is active and evident through actions such as these. In today’s vernacular, it’s “putting your money where your mouth is.” Sometimes it’s more than offering comforting words or praying about it. Sometimes it requires action and sacrifice to meet the need. Allison Batson is a nurse who didn’t have to give a kidney but did. She went beyond the kindness of visiting Taber and offering him words of encouragement. She went beyond the convenient and met a physical need. As a result of her actions, Clay Taber has a new lease on life and will soon marry his college sweetheart. Baston will attend the wedding.