Last Christmas, a New York man gave his girlfriend his heart when he proposed. This year he gave her a kidney.
When Bairon Garzon, 29, learned that he was a universal donor – meaning his organs could be given to anyone, regardless of their blood type – he decided it was time to give his girlfriend of six years, Raquel Gomez who has kidney disease, the gift of a lifetime.
Dialysis put a damper on her social life, and the couple, from Woodside, Queens, could no longer travel, one of their favorite activities.
Gomez was placed on the donor list, but New York has the longestwait list in the nation: five to ten years, according to the New York Post.
Her father, who also suffers from kidney disease, has been on the waiting list for six years.
Gomez’s mother and sister offered to be donors, but their blood typesmade them ineligible.