Former Navy Seal Donates His Liver To A Complete Stranger After Seeing Her Desperate Facebook Plea

Melinda Ray was suffering from a genetic disease that was quickly destroying her liver. She had been trying to find a donor, but no one was working out. Her husband James told ABC News, “We had just had candidate after candidate being ruled out, and symptoms were progressing. They were progressing fast. The days were getting harder.”

She was becoming increasingly desperate, unsure of how she would carry on. The mother of three made one last appeal to her Facebook friends, asking them to consider getting tested to be a match. All of her friends and family passed along her message, until one day a complete stranger saw the post.

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Robin Ihnfeldt was friends with Melinda’s sister and she heard that Ray was unable to find a donor. She told her husband, Jeff Bramstedt, about Ray’s trouble and without hesitating he volunteered his own liver.

The former Navy SEAL’s wife said, “He’s always been an amazing man. He hears bullets and he runs into these situations.”

Jeff Bramstedt

The doctors warned him that it would be risky. “There’s a lot of things that can go wrong, including the risk of dying,” Dr. Elizabeth Pomfret said. He had a lot to consider, but it didn’t take him long to make his choice…

He’s Living His Dream Life, Just With Somebody Else’s Arms

It is all of our worst nightmares. Waking up one day with some pain that we can’t explain, and then watching it slowly turn into a medical emergency that shakes the fabric of our lives.

It’s going from having an infection that you didn’t realize was serious to being told by doctors that they have to amputate everything. All in one week.

This was the horror that faced William Lautzenheiser, who lost his arms at the elbows and both of his legs from the knees down. He was infected with an outbreak of group A strep infection, and before long was facing the dire consequences of the disease.

It spread to his organs and muscle tissue, breaking them down inside of his body until the skin began to rot and turn black.

“Absolutely dead,” said Lautzenheiser. “There was no feeling. There was no sensation.”

There was nothing that Lautzenheiser could do, except come to terms with his affliction and try to imagine his life as an amputee.

“It was a very challenging time,” Lautzenheiser said. “I felt like I was a newborn trying to get used to a body that just was totally unfamiliar.”

It was understandably difficult. How many of us can say that we could really be prepared to accept the loss of something so integral to how we picture ourselves? Our bodies are part of our person, and if we lose a part of that, we lose a part of what makes us “us.”

But when it comes to life’s hardships, all anyone can really do is learn to bear the weight of the consequences and solider on.

It took a lot for Lautzenheiser to reach that point, and it took much convincing until he let himself really begin to deal with it.

“I’m not going get my arms back. I’m not going get my legs back. This happened. I have to figure it out. And, really, the motto became, ‘Figure it out,’” he said.

That’s when he realized the absurdity of his whole situation, and was able to do the unimaginable, laugh about it.

Lautzenheiser said he managed to take stock of his life and found the ability to heal through humor.

From that point on, his life had taken a dramatic turn for the better!

The First Baby In The U.S. Has Been Born From A Uterus Transplant

A new mother from Dallas, Texas has become the first woman in the United States to give birth after receiving a uterus transplant.

Doctors believe the successful birth will be able to lead a precedent for women who struggle with infertility. Nicknamed “Baby Number Nine,” the birth follows eight other successful deliveries from uterus transplant recipients in Sweden.

Baylor transplant specialist, Dr. Giuliano Testa, said the birth is a “milestone” and “a beautiful moment of love and hope for a mother who had been told she would never be able to carry her own child,” in a statement.

While the baby boy was born at the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, limited details have been released to protect the privacy of the family, CNN reports.

“We consider ourselves profoundly blessed to have been a part of this study, and we are optimistic that this initial success will lead to many more in the future,” the unknown mother said. “We humbly hope that our little boy can serve as an inspiration to those struggling with infertility, and demonstrate throughout his life that no matter what obstacles are in your path, with the right team working beside you, anything is possible.”

The mother suffered from a condition called uterine factor infertility, which affects one in 500 women with non-functioning or non-existent uteruses.

Like all other organ transplants, recipients must take anti-rejection drugs for the new uterus and cervix. Mothers can opt to have the uterus removed following the delivery or keep it in for another pregnancy. After the second time, the organ must be removed.

Despite the scientific breakthrough, concerns over the transplants have raised plenty of ethical questions.  

The World’s First Head Transplant Is 1 Step Closer To Reality After A Successful Trial

An Italian scientist has defied the odds by completing the world’s first head transplant.

The controversial surgery has been supposedly performed on a human corpse in an 18 hour operation, where Dr. Xiaoping Ren and his team of doctors of Harbin Medical University in China were ale to successfully connect the spine, nerves and blood vessels of two people, The Telegraph reports.  

As previously noted, Dr. Sergio Canavero – otherwise known as “Dr. Frankenstein” – announced at a press conference in Vienna an operation on a live human being is set to take place “imminently.”

“The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done,” Canavero said. “A full head swap between brain dead organ donors is the next stage.”

Canavero, who is also the director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, also stated that society is now standing “on the brink of a revolution, not only in medicine but in human life as well.”

“For too long nature has dictated her rules to us,” Canavero said. “We’re born, we grow, we age and we die. For millions of years humans have evolved and 110 billion humans have died in the process. That’s genocide on a mass scale.”

“We have entered an age where we will take our destiny back in our hands,” he added.

While an advancement in modern medicine, this isn’t the first time Canavero has experimented on a live creature.

74-Year-Old Walks For Hours Each Day, Trying To Find A Kidney For His Wife

During rush hour, drivers trying to get home to their families see lots of signs for all sorts of things. But Wayne Winters’s sandwich board isn’t advertising a business.

Winters walks for miles each day, trying to find a donor.FOX 13

If you’re driving down the busy roads of Farr West, Utah after work one day you might spot the sign he wears with a simple message in bright red letters: “NEED KIDNEY A- 4 WIFE 675-0278.” It’s an unusual way to find a kidney donor, but Winters is willing to try anything.

Wayne and Deanne married 26 years ago.FOX 13

He met his wife Deanne 26 years ago, and until recently they lived a happy life together. But Deanne’s recent diagnosis of stage five kidney failure has put her life in jeopardy. She needs dialysis, and time is running out to find her a matching transplant.

So for hours each day Winters pounds the pavement wearing his sign, marching for miles in the hopes of finding a donor. He got the idea after hearing about similar signs that went viral and attracted a lot of attention. “I don’t walk real fast,” he told Fox 13, but he “felt like I needed to do something” to help his wife get better.

Deanne has stage five kidney failure.FOX 13

But Winters isn’t just helping his wife, there’s a different message on the other side of his sign, and it’s just as important…

An Infection Almost Took Her Life, But 2 Months After A Heart Transplant She’s All Smiles

One thankful family of four is back home, and well, with their two-year-old daughter. It has been less than two months since little Kinsley Keeling received a life-saving heart transplant at a local Atlanta Children’s Hospital.

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When Kinsley was just 10 days old, she contracted a virus, that because of her lack of immune system, spread through her body and began aggressively attacking her heart. Kinsley was given medication that helped her heart for her first two years of life, but a few months ago the medication stopped working and she had to be admitted to hospital. She had to be hooked up to a machine that kept her heart beating while they anxiously waited for a potential donor match.