Stranger's gift connects two neighbors by more than their block
Lately, Randy Layne's life has been riddled with coincidences. But he calls them something different.
"I don't call it coincidence, I call it the hand of God,” he said.
In August 2017, Layne started dialysis. Two years to the day later, he got on the list for a new kidney. And just 24 hours after that, the phone rang.
"She said ‘Randy you doing alright,’ I said ‘yeah,’ she said ‘I've got a kidney for you if you want it,’" Layne said.
The call kicked Layne and his wife, Crystal, into action, headed to the hospital where the coincidences continued.
"Some of them come up to us and say ‘I thought I recognized you.’" Crystal Layne said.
The couple found their neighbors, from just down the street, sitting in the waiting room.
"They said ‘Francine's in surgery,’ I said ‘for what?’”, Crystal Layne said. “They said ‘she got a kidney!’"
Their friends were waiting on a transplant from the same donor as Layne's. He says he was understandably shocked.
"I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “Two people on the same block, what 150-200 yards apart?"
It was yet another coincidence that even the doctors couldn't believe.
"They never had ever heard of it,” Layne said.
Layne tells Channel 3 both neighbors are both on the mend, newly connected by the experience, and by the person who gave them back their lives.
"When you're sitting in that chair sometimes you're thinking ‘is this going to be the rest of my life?’” he said. "I know we could be called out tomorrow. We're not promised tomorrow. But the point being that you might have another 20 or 25 years."
Layne has been taking things slowly while his new kidney “kicks in,” he said. He’s got a few more days of healing before being fully cleared.