A T-shirt saved a Brooklyn native’s life.
Robert Leibowitz’s time was operating out—he wanted a brand new kidney and feared his personal would expire earlier than his seven- to 10-year await a brand new organ was up.
So, he devised a low-tech plan to safe a functioning kidney.
Leibowitz went to Disney World carrying a T-shirt that learn, “In Want of Kidney. O Optimistic.” He additionally printed his cellular phone quantity on the shirt.
“Perhaps it’s my promoting background,” Leibowitz advised CNN. “I didn’t know what was going to occur. However if you get determined, you’ll do something.”
Vacationers snapped images of Leibowitz’s shirt, which surfaced on social media.
A pair that had encountered Leibowitz on the Magic Kingdom shared a picture of the T-shirt on Fb and inspired others to unfold his plea. It was subsequently shared greater than 90,000 occasions.
A whole lot of potential donors contacted Leibowitz, 4 of whom flew to New York for testing.
“They have a look at each enzyme, each single tissue. There are such a lot of particulars they should do,” Leibowitz advised CNN.
Three have been no match for the ailing father of 5. However the fourth volunteer, an Indiana man named Richie Sully, was accepted, in line with CNN.
Sully had contacted Leibowitz after seeing the viral Fb put up.
“Hello, my title is Richie. I noticed your put up and I’m O constructive. I’ve an additional kidney and you’re greater than welcome to it,” he mentioned within the message.
Sully assumed Leibowitz had already secured a donor.
However, once they made contact, Leibowitz defined that a variety of candidates had “flaked.”
“I can’t perceive the thought course of behind seeing a put up like that after which reaching out after which fully ignoring him,” Sully advised CNN.
“He knew he had an expiration date. He knew he had a shelf life. I noticed this as a determined act. I couldn’t consider a purpose to not name the man. It’s simply appeared like that is one thing you’re imagined to do,” Sully advised CNN.
Leibowitz acquired his kidney final week.
He appeared on Thursday’s Immediately present and expressed how grateful he was to have acquired the organ.
“The truth that I’m alive and am going to have no less than 20 extra years with my children, that’s the perfect factor on this planet,” he advised Megyn Kelly.
Sully left a remark on the backside of the picture that originally caught his consideration.
“I wished to take a second and thank everybody that shared this put up. Had it not been for you guys, I by no means would have seen it and Rob would nonetheless be on the lookout for a match. His children can now go to mattress and never have to fret about their dad. Thanks for serving to me give them extra time as a household.”