Daily Good News 42: Woman leads team to save infant’s life; Man donates kidney


A woman leads a team of folks in saving the life of a six-month old girl. All of this happened during a flight:

When Gallahue arrived at the back, the baby, who was the same age as her grandson but much smaller, was unresponsive. That set her and a crew of people that had assembled on a wild 2-hour journey to revive the baby with CPR. Gallahue told The News she must have tried 10 different times to help the girl, Jasmine — who may have had an allergic reaction, but Gallahue didn’t know the exact problem. Others helped administer breathing and clear room on the plane for them to work.

“I knew I needed to be in control of the situation,” she said in a matter of fact but polite manner.

There’s also this:

But Gallahue knows the situation could have been a tragedy if she had not been on board. The plane was not equipped with the right equipment to resuscitate a baby, she said. She used a breathing apparatus she had brought.

“It was definitely a miracle I happened to be on that plane,” she said. “It was the miracle on (Flight) 1347.”

That’s great.

Next news is very local for me (not even an hour away and same area my grandparents live). A man is in need of a new kidney:

A father of six and grandfather of two, Rode, 54, of Swedesboro, was diagnosed with late-stage renal failure in 2011. Due to high blood pressure, a problem he had suffered from for nearly 30 years and inherited through genetics, his kidneys had begun to fail.

He changed his diet, adhered to all the doctor’s orders, but the problem is not something that will ever correct itself. Basically, there were two choices: Dialysis, which could add about five years to his life, or a kidney transplant.

Rode went to social media and asked for help. In all, 7 people came forward and a young man was a match:

Nothdurft, seeing one of the Facebook posts and recognizing Rode as the father of his friends, was one of seven individuals who volunteered to be tested — and it turned out he was a match. Nothdurft also knew Rode as a man who was always there for the people of the community. He’s volunteered with Kings Things, the local thrift shop that supports all of Swedesboro’s churches, he gives rides to anyone who needs them and is involved with giving gift baskets to nearly 200 local families during the holidays. Seeing someone who has given so much back to the local community in need of help himself, it was a no-brainer for Nothdurft to step up and volunteer his own kidney.

Perfect. The surgery for the men happens Jan 14th.



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