GOOD NEWS How a Pastor's Chance Encounter Saved Two Men's Lives
An incredible act of selfless generosity may have saved a North Carolina pastor's life.
Days after a chance encounter at a church fundraiser, Pastor Tim Jones felt called to donate his kidney to a man in desperate need.
Little did Jones know that this altruistic sacrifice would lead to doctors discovering an aneurysm on an artery leading to his kidney.
Doctors were able to repair the artery and complete the kidney transplant, saving both men's lives.
Jones and the man who received his kidney, Don Herbert, spoke to Elisabeth Hasselbeck on "Fox and Friends" today about their miraculous story.
Jones explained that he had just started Mercy Independent Baptist Church in Kannapolis, North Carolina.
At a fundraising craft and bake sale one Saturday morning, he met Herbert and his wife.
Herbert said he was drawn to the tiny church when he heard gospel music, as he's a gospel singer himself.
Herbert revealed to Jones that he had stage 5 kidney failure and was in desperate need of a transplant. Days later, Jones felt "called" by God to offer one of his own kidneys to the man who he had just met.
During the procedure, doctors found an aneurysm in the renal artery leading to Jones' kidney, which led to six additional hours of surgery.
"They told me if they hadn't have found it, which scans had missed previously ... it could have ruptured and I would have died," Jones revealed.
Luckily, that didn't happen and the surgery was a success. Both men are recovering from the procedure.
"It's hard to find words to say what I feel in my heart now for what he's done for me," Herbert said. "Words can never convey the gratitude that I have for what he's done, such a selfless thing to give a part of him to save me."
"One thing that we want our story to convey to people, number one, that I give all the credit to my savior, Jesus Christ," Jones said. "And I just want people to know that there are people out here that love other people, and in a world where it seems like all we see is the bad, that there are good people out here that are willing to give themselves."
Watch more on this amazing story in the "Fox and Friends" clip above.
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