INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An act of kindness is giving a local man his life back. A joking conversation with a co-worker led to that co-worker being the perfect match to give him a kidney.
Antonio Davis has been living with diabetes for the past 16 years. He never imagined a job in the meat department at Marsh would lead him to find a kidney donor who was the perfect match.
"And he was like how do you get off dialysis. And I said I need a transplant. And he was like I'll give you my kidney. Are you serious," Davis said.
Wally Walters was serious when he decided to step up to see if he was a match.
"The word came to me. Go, go, go. And I said all right let's do it. I said I'm not kidding, let's do it," Waters said.
Wally had been off from the meat department after accidentally chopping his finger off. When he came back Antonio was the new guy who filled in for him. In a casual conversation, he discovered Antonio was going through kidney failure.
"He came to that store as a man who needed a kidney. I came back to that store as a man who could give a kidney. I didn't know it. He didn't know it," Walters said.
Two loyal customers found out about their perfect match. Shawna Moser set up a gofundme page to help with medical expenses and Betsy Paul contacted us to tell their story.
It's great to have those personal conversations and get to know people and that's me so I just wanted to follow up on getting the story out," Paul said.
A story that started with two strangers that will end with two brothers.
"When God plans something it never goes wrong, it ain't wrong," Walters said.
"Get tested. You never know that stranger might need your help. An act of kindness. Somebody can give you another life," Davis said.
Antonio has dropped 50 pounds as he prepares for the transplant. He still has about 15 more pounds to go before the doctor says he's healthy enough to undergo transplant surgery.