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Miracle Worker – Living Donor Gives Liver to Friend from Church

For Rachelle Jeffers, 33, donating part of her liver was truly an act of faith:
“The Bible teaches that ‘Greater love has no man than this: to lay down one’s life for a friend.’”

That’s exactly what Rachelle did for her friend from church, Allen “Bud” Mitchell, 78, of Altoona, PA, earlier this year.

“I was hugging Bud’s wife after church one day, and she told me he needed a liver,” remembers Rachelle, of Roaring Spring, PA. “I could hear a word in the back of my mind: ‘offer.’ So, I did. I offered my liver to him as if it were a cup of coffee.”
After extensive testing, Rachelle received word that she and Bud were a match. She immediately called Bud and his wife, Ruth, with the life-transforming news. Only three weeks later, Rachelle saved Bud’s life by donating part of her liver to him.  

Today, both Bud and Rachelle are feeling healthy. Bud recently celebrated a birthday and resumed teaching Sunday School, while Rachelle is back at work at her local craft center.

Looking back, she jokes that the only downside of being a living donor is that she can’t do it again for someone else in need. “We are called to love one another and to give freely of ourselves,” she said.

At least 21 people will die each day without receiving the organ transplant they need. For every person who donates their organs, tissue and corneas, up to eight lives can be saved and 75 lives can be dramatically improved.

Individuals interested in becoming a living donor can find more information on CORE’s website, or they may call 412-963-3550 and ask to speak with a living donor coordinator.

With headquarters in Pittsburgh and an office in Charleston, West Virginia, CORE oversees a region that encompasses 150 hospitals and almost six million people throughout western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Chemung County, New York. For more information, visit www.core.org, or call 1-800-DONORS-7 or 1-800-366-6777.

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