The single dad of five children has received a life-saving kidney transplant from a complete stranger, who also happens to be a father.
Robert Leibowitz, 60, was visiting Disney World with his kids when he decided to wear a t-shirt that read, “In Need of Kidney.” On the t-shirt he also wrote that he was “O Positive” and then provided a phone number.
The chances of someone actually calling were slim but it was worth a shot. A visitor at the part took a picture of the man’s shirt and it was a decision that would change the lives of an entire family.
Rocio Sandoval and her husband, Juan, asked the single dad if they could post a picture of his shirt on Facebook.
Speaking to FOX 35, Leibowitz said they asked for his permission before making the post. “They made me the happiest person in the world. I said, absolutely!”
The post went super viral and was eventually seen by Richie Sully, a 39-year-old father of two who lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After undergoing a routine test, he was found to be a match for the single dad.
The two strangers met in New York City last week and the surgery was performed at New York-Presbyterian Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. Both dads are said to be recovering as expected and in good spirits.
I can think of at least five teens who are probably more happy about taking that trip to Disney World than the average Mickey-obsessed five-year-old.
Leibowitz said that after recovering he plans on bringing his donor and Sandoval to Disney World to celebrate his new lease on life.
There’s a lot of bad news these days but this story of a dad coming to the life-saving rescue of a single father proves that the bond of parenting is shared beyond the walls of our own homes.