About a week after the operation, something special happened. I had the opportunity to meet Rhonda, the woman who received my kidney, and her husband Paul. About 30 years prior, Rhonda was diagnosed with a bacterial kidney infection that left irreversible damage. In 2015, her kidney began to rapidly decline, and she was put on hemodialysis for over seven months.
On the day of our meeting, I walked into a conference room where Rhonda was standing with her husband and hospital residents. She immediately hugged me and wouldn’t let go, and I started to cry. The realization of what happened between us suddenly felt so real.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” she said as she handed me flowers.
“She was on life support,” he told “60 Minutes.” “I went in to her and I told her I loved her, said, ‘Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this, you’ve banged your head.'”
Neeson, 61, said he knew his wife and the mother of their two children would not recover.
“She and I had made a pact, if any of us got into a vegetative state that we’d pull the plug,” he said.
But he kept her alive long enough to bring her back to New York so that friends and family could say goodbye. Richardson died March 18, 2009.
“…Donated three of her organs, so she’s keeping three people alive at the moment … her heart, her kidneys and her liver,” Neeson told “60 Minutes.” “It’s terrific … and I think she would be very thrilled and pleased by that.”