Man donates kidney to neighbor after finding out he was a match

Man donates kidney to neighbor after finding out he was a match

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Heron Avenue in Minneapolis is one of those streets where neighbors live and actually enjoy spending time with one another.

For the past six years, some of these neighbors, like Chuck Paulson, formed a dinner group and became good friends.

But last April, Chuck and his neighbor Melvin Freeman had to get even closer. Melvin needed a kidney transplant and Chuck offered to help.

"I went to my wife first, and said I’m thinking about doing this. What do you think? Her reaction was, if you don't I will," Paulson said.

In the United State, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network shows that nearly 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant.

After multiple tests and months of waiting for results, doctors finally told Chuck, he matched.

On Tuesday, the men went into for the transplant surgery and it was a success.

They released Chuck just a few days later and he says it was all part of a higher calling. "I went into it truly believing that God wasn't done with me yet," Paulson said.

"I told him when he was going to give me the kidney, you are now my brother," Freeman said.

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