Danny Kolzow is a nurse from Fort Worth, Texas. And his story is an incredible one. He was born with an unfortunate medical condition that often affects how his kidneys work.
As a result, his physical health began to decline sharply. What’s more, he was told that he needed a kidney transplant in order to bring him back to good health. However, there wasn’t a match immediately available for Kolzow.
And so, he waited. In the meantime, Kolzow was invited to dinner with his close friend Graham McMillan, and McMillan’s wife, Claire. The two men had first gotten to know each other at university.
Kolzow mentioned to them that he needed a new kidney because of the effects of his rare medical condition. In fact, things were so bad that he was heading towards kidney failure.
But little did Kolzow know that this conversation would kick-start an amazing series of events. Kolzow’s friend McMillan, a youth pastor, wanted to help. So, he decided to take himself to the doctor.
In fact, he wanted to get tested to see if his own kidney could be a match for his unwell friend. Then, in an amazing twist of fate, McMillan received fantastic news from the doctor. He was indeed a match!
But, instead of telling his friend straight away, McMillan had a better idea. And what he did next ended up becoming an internet sensation. He made a video that subsequently went viral.
With hundreds of thousands of views, McMilan’s “big reveal” was clearly quite special. What’s more, Kolzow had no idea that a match had been found for him in secret. So, how did McMillan finally tell him?
Well, the video starts with McMillan standing outside the hospital where Kolzow works. He holds a humorous hand-made sign that reads, “Heard Urine Need Of A Kidney? Want Mine?” and briefly explains the background to their story.
Then, the camera follows him into the building to hunt for his friend. With one of Kolzow’s colleagues holding a huge bunch of yellow balloons for him, they eventually arrive outside a door. And behind that door is Kolzow, completely unaware of what is about to happen.
They open the door and head straight for Kolzow, who is sitting at his desk minding his own business. But then, he spots his friend approaching him, holding the sign with the all-important message written on it.
And once Kolzow realizes what is going on, he slumps down, resting his head on his hand. Totally overwhelmed by what his friend’s sign says, he appears to burst into tears.
McMillan grabs Kolzow and holds him in a tight embrace as the two of them take in the enormity of the moment. Kolzow doesn’t speak, only McMillan does. “My kidney’s going inside that body right there,” he says.
Kolzow eventually summons up the strength to stand and hug his friend properly. And, just like that, he received the news he had been waiting for. He was about to get a new kidney from his friend, just days before he would’ve had to start dialysis treatment.
“What an amazing act of love that Graham is doing in offering me an organ from his own body, so that I can continue on in this life,” Kolzow said in a video he posted before the transplant. What’s more, McMillan was incredibly gracious about his good deed.
“I love Danny to death and he’s an easy person to give to,” McMillan told CNN. He added, “God called on me to do this and to proclaim his name. And hopefully that’s what’s seen by most.”
Thankfully, the surgery itself went well, and a joint statement from the families of both men was released shortly afterwards. They praised the hospital staff, as well as God, for helping the transplant go smoothly.
And since the operation, Kolzow’s new kidney has been functioning well, making his experience a true success story. Both he and McMillan have subsequently said that their faith played a big part in the episode.
According to CNN, both men are now hoping to use this experience as a way to promote “a strong message about faith and friendship.” No doubt people will be moved by their incredible story.
McMillan’s decision to undergo surgery in order to help a friend shows remarkable generosity and courage. Indeed, his actions should serve as an inspiration to us all. Kolzow and McMillan will have a bond forever, which just goes to show that true friends really are for life.