For Noah Schumacher, the choice to give up part of his liver to save the life of a child he had never met was an easy one. As the pastor at High Mill Church in Plain Township, Ohio, he says he let his faith guide him to becoming an organ donor for a stranger.
It all started a few months ago when Schumacher’s mom was diagnosed with liver failure. She was placed on a waiting list for a transplant and Schumacher went through a series of tests to determine if he could be a donor for his mom. When the results came back, he got the news that he wasn’t a match for his mother, but he was an ideal candidate for a dying child who needs a liver transplant.
After talking it over with his wife and three children, the pastor decided to be that kid’s donor. The transplant surgery is scheduled for next week and he’ll spend a week or so recovering in the hospital and Schumacher hopes to return to his congregation within four months. His wife, Michelle, says, “He has taken a really terrible story and made something beautiful out of it and I think that really inspires me.”
Source: News 5 Cleveland