Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Man Donates Kidney To Old Classmate He Hadn’t Seen In 50 Years.

Do you remember all of your classmates from high school? Chances are you don't. Maybe you were nice to someone who wasn't very popular, but you changed their lives just by talking to them. Hopefully, you have at least one person from the olden days that still remembers you fondly. And surprisingly enough, they might even save your life someday.

In fact, that's exactly what happened with Kenneth Walker and Charlie Ball. They were passing acquaintances back in high school. But it wasn't until several decades later, when one of them needed a kidney that the other would come to their rescue.

50 years ago, Charlie Ball and Kenneth Walker attended the same school but they weren't close.

Walker and Ball graduated in 1969 from Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington DC. The two men barely knew each other in school and hadn't talked since they graduated, but a medical emergency ended up bringing these two men together.

Ball was one of several classmates who had received an e-mail from Walker asking for a kidney.

He immediately recognized the name of his old classmate and decided to send a reply. He got tested to see if he was a match. It turns out that he was. So, in a surprising turn of events, he told Walker that he would give him one of his kidneys.

Walker still lived in Washington DC, but Ball was living on the other side of the country.

It took a couple of months to set up a reunion in Washington, and that included all of Walker's old classmates. About 20 classmates showed up and everyone began to talk about the good old days and what they'd been up to.

Walker still lived in Washington DC, but Ball was living on the other side of the country.

Charlie Ball / Facebook

Eventually, the moment came and Walker and Ball went to George Washington University Hospital.

Walker was working for the National Public Radio in South Africa when he was misdiagnosed and ended up getting the wrong treatment. When he returned to the US 18 months later, he learned that his life was in danger and that he needed a new kidney.

Eventually, the moment came and Walker and Ball went to George Washington University Hospital.

Charlie Ball / Facebook

Walker was facing a difficult time, which involved undergoing dialysis to prolong his life.

Unfortunately, dialysis was only a short-term solution. So, when Ball responded to his e-mail, which he had titled "A request for life," he thought, "what's wrong with this guy?" He just couldn't believe that someone would be so kind. But this incredible man would end up proving him that humans are capable of being simply amazing.

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