A single mother with twowas saved by the kindness of a complete stranger.
"I certainly never set out to be a living donor as part of my life plan," Nicole Baltzer told CBS Boston.
But that plan took a new direction when she read a Facebook post from Kara Yimoyines, a single mom withwho was growing sicker, waiting for .
"I remember reading it and feeling so bad. This is so unfair," Baltzer said. "That's when it really hit me. I can do something about this. Maybe I'm a match."
She reached out, and the two women discovered they had a lot in common. Though they'd never met, they lived in the same town, Winchester, Massachusetts.
"I work as a web developer. She's a web designer," Yimoyines said.
"She's from the Midwest. I'm from the Midwest," said Baltzer. "We both like sports."
Not only that: after months of screening, doctors determined they were a perfect match for a kidney transplant.
On a winter morning at Tufts Medical Center, Baltzer gave Yimoyines the gift of a kidney and so much more.
"From not being able to play with my kids and being asleep most of the time. Not feeling good, to recovering who I was a few years ago," Yimoyines said. "Giving me that time back with my children. Allowing me to be involved in their lives in a way I hadn't been."
She said Baltzer's selfless sacrifice is now a priceless lesson for her own daughter.
"I think actions speak louder than words," Baltzer said. "I feel it when I look at Kara. This has been a good thing for everybody."
Every 14 minutes someone is added to the transplant registry list, and every day, 13 people die waiting for one. To learn more about the life-saving gift of www.kidney.org.visit