After being together for over half a century, this South Carolina couple faced a difficult obstacle. Jimmie Sue, Larry Swilling’s wife, had been born with one kidney, and now her health was on a steady decline. With his wife’s kidney starting to fail, Larry decided on a unique approach to try to help her. Knowing that none of her family members were a match and that it might take years before she could get a kidney on the donor list, he headed to the streets to ask strangers for help. He geared up with a sign that said “Need Kidney 4 Wife” and aimed at reaching out to as many people as he could. He knew how crazy his actions were, but he was determined all the same. “I don’t care what people think,” he told CBS News. To his wife he promised, “I’m going to get you a kidney.” At age 77, he walked all over Alderson, South Carolina and the nearby towns. He’d even tell passersby, “I could sure use your kidney!” Amazingly, people responded to his call. There were hundreds of people that responded and were ready to donate one of their kidneys to a complete stranger. “I’ve got two, and I only need one,” one volunteer said. Unfortunately, the people that called and were tested were not matches for his wife. She was okay with it, saying “If I get a kidney, fine. If I don’t, I hope someone else does.” Larry, on the other hand, was not fine with the idea of his wife missing out on a kidney, and resolved to find one no matter what. Almost a year later, 4,000 have people volunteered to donate and 100 people have gotten tested. Finally, there was a match! 41-year-old retired Navy lieutenant commander Kelly Weaverling was the one to give her organ to the couple. “Have you ever just had a feeling that was just a strong gut feeling that you just went with your instinct, because you just knew it was right?” Weaverling asked. “That’s exactly what happened. I could do something to give this family hope.” While Larry struggled to thank her, Weaverling was just happy to help. “Just take care of your wife,” she said. “Just take care of her.” And he certainly did. The surgery was a complete success! Jimmy Sue got a kidney and Larry got his wife back — and now, not only did he get a kidney for his wife, but he has gotten around 125 people registered to donate a kidney, bringing life and hope to others waiting for a match.

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Craig Mosher’s dog was his world. They woke up together every morning and saw each other last before going to bed at night.

However, Loois was suffering and needed surgery. The dog was born with an extra vertebrae due to a hereditary condition.

When the devoted owner took his dog into have surgery in 2004, both of their lives were forever changed. Loois was tragically left paralyzed.
Mosher, a retired police officer, adopted Loois in 2000 after he was part of a pit bull fighting operation and was left abandoned. He instantly fell in love with the canine.

While Loois was under the knife during surgery, the bone being worked on broke, and the doctor accidentally touched his spinal cord. This left Loois without the ability use his hind legs, and the only thing left was for Mosher to care for him.
What that commitment looks like could be overwhelming to you or me, yet Mosher charged on. Every day he would take his companion for a quarter-mile walk, holding the dog’s back end up by using a harness around his back legs.

After walks, Loois would head into the garage where Mosher had set up a suspension system that enabled his beloved dog to play ball and complete various exercises. The system is connected to the garage ceiling and hooked onto Loois’ harness.

The exercise was necessary to keep Loois’ muscles from atrophying. This system was something Mosher said would help Loois live until a “ripe old age.”

It was, in fact, thanks to Mosher’s love and devotion that Loois was able to have a long fulfilling life. Sadly, in 2011 Loois had to be put down after his spinal disks degenerated, leaving him in tremendous pain.

It’s truly heartwarming to hear Mosher speak about his dog without an ounce of regret or bitterness. Only love here: “It was an honor and a privilege taking care of him.”

Mosher and Loois were family and in the end took care of each other — providing something they could only get from the other. A story of devotion that is truly inspiring.

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