Ashley McIntyre knew she was changing someone’s life when she donated her kidney — but had no idea that this decision would have a major impact on her life, too.
She was listening to the radio when she heard the story of Danny Robinson, a 25-year-old who suffered from kidney disease and had spent three years on a waiting list for a transplant. McIntyre took action, getting in touch with the radio host and the University of Kentucky’s transplant program. It turns out she was a suitable match, and they went forward with the donation process.
McIntyre and Robinson, along with their families, met for the first time at a Cheesecake Factory around a month before the procedure. “We all clicked immediately,” McIntyre told the Courier-Journal. “They told me I would always be a part of their family.”
The two kept in touch for the next few weeks, texting and chatting on the phone. They thought about dating, but were worried things would get weird if the procedure didn’t actually work. But last April, the procedure went off without a hitch, and Robinson had a new lease on life — and no excuses not to pursue McIntyre.
The two started getting serious soon after, and McIntyre became pregnant with their daughter, who is due in June. Robinson proposed over the holidays. “On Christmas Day, we went to my mom’s and started opening gifts,” he said. “I told her I’d forgotten one and pulled out a small box” with a ring.
“I never in a million years imagined this would happen,” McIntyre said. “It’s crazy how it all worked. It was all planned out by God.”
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This story originally appeared on WomansDay.com
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