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A Kidney For An Acquaintance

Dan Heins lost both of his legs in recent years to diabetes, had a heart attack, a stroke, and quadruple bypass surgery, but received the gift of life from a casual friend, a kidney, reported the Star Tribune.

Nancy Volk, a twice-divorced mother of three daughters, Main Street Deli in Anoka owner, and paraprofessional in the Anoka-Hennepin School District wanted to do something for a friend, give him his life back.

"Never underestimate the power of an act so generous and maybe, in this case, so unexpected," said Dr. Mikel Prieto, the Mayo Clinic's living-donor authority and the surgeon who removed Volk's kidney in September so it could be transplanted into Heins, the StarTribune reported.

Volk was set on closing her deli down in Sept. after her surgery because she couldn’t keep it up, as well as her new medical bills, but donations flooded from around the country. More than $1,000 dollars was raised in a wicker basket in the deli that read “Nancy’s Kidney Fund? and thousands more were raised in a bake sale, a silent auction, and an Oct. benefit, the Star Tribune reported.

The surgery was a success for both parties and Heins said he hasn’t felt this good in 20 years.

"I got a thank-you card with a kidney bean in it," Volk said. "But I'm the one who's grateful,? reported the Star Tribune.