PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WKRG) — Everyday, Eddie Drummond drives from Mobile, Alabama to get to his job at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Before clocking in, he always stops by Wayne Lee’s for breakfast.
One fall morning, a cashier noticed that something was off. “(She asked) why was I looking so sad?” said Eddie. “I said my wife wasn’t doing good on dialysis and she needed a kidney transplant.”
That’s when Leilani Aguirre did the unimaginable and offered to donate her own kidney to Eddie’s wife, Donnie.
In 2015, she went to the hospital after having trouble breathing. “Doctor said I got there just in time because I had a lot of fluid on my heart,” said Donnie. “I could have died in my sleep.”
Drummond was diagnosed with kidney failure and went through dialysis before doctors told her she needed a kidney transplant as soon as possible.
Leilani stepped up to the plate and teamed up with Eddie to surprise Donnie with the news.
When Aguirre explained that she was going to donate her kidney, Drummond burst into tears and screamed with excitement. The two later turned out to be a perfect match with ‘O’ positive blood.
The Drummonds and the Aguirres grow closer by the day, even spending the holidays together.
“(Leilani) will always be a part of us because you put an extension of my wife’s life and I can’t thank you enough,” said Eddie.
Aguirre says she reached out because she’s always wondered, ‘what would happen if the shoe was on the other foot?’
The Drummonds say the surgery will happen later this spring at Oschner Medical Center in New Orleans.