When a local Tennessee TV station posted Michael Norton's Christmas wish on its Facebook page, the post got a huge response. Norton, a corrections officer with Knox County sheriff's department, wanted a kidney, since his were only functioning at 13 percent.
All he wants for Christmas is a new kidney. #WATEPosted by WATE 6 On Your Side on Tuesday, December 22, 2015
All he wants for Christmas is a new kidney. #WATE
Maryanne Ridenour, a mom from Knoxville, was the first to comment. She was touched by Officer Norton's story--and by his attitude.
"He was still working and trying to be active and positive,” she said. “[He] just seemed like a normal guy, just like me and my family," she told WATE-6.
So she called the University of Tennessee’s transplant center and, a few days later, found she was a perfect match. She wasn't even afraid. “I felt like I was supposed to do this,” she said. Late last month, she donated her kidney.
Norton is still in shock at the speed by which the whole thing happened. “She’s my guardian angel now. I mean, you could never thank her enough for what she's done,” he told the TV station.
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