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The gift that keeps on giving
His blood type is O-positive, which meant he could be a donor for anybody else but needed an exact match for himself. Three of his friends offered to get tested. One was on blood pressure medication, so he couldn’t do it. But his wife volunteered. The Watford City English teacher had Nordby’s children in class, was a patient of Nordby’s and had a cabin next door to the doctor’s in New Town.
Although before the transplant people never told him he looked bad, afterward, everywhere he went people told him he no longer looked “half dead.” He went from taking 20-some pills a day before the transplant to about four a day now.
The 55-year eye doctor, who has three children, still practices in Watford City. His donor has since retired from teaching and still lives in Watford City. She and her husband and Nordby recently went on a “mini-vacation” together in Miami Beach.
Nordby is still humbled to think his friend’s wife stepped forward to give him a gift that keeps on giving, 12 years later.
“For people to step up and do that sort of thing without family ties,” Nordby said, “that’s special.”
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