A mother of two heard the story of an out-of-state police officer who desperately needed a kidney transplant and she knew she had to help.
“Ryan Armistead, an officer with the Old Monroe Police Department in Missouri, found out four years ago that his kidneys were failing,” according to Liftable. After receiving the call that he needed to go to the hospital for being at 13% kidney function, Armistead found out he had an autoimmune disease that attacked his kidneys. He started dialysis immediately and was placed on the waiting list for a kidney transplant, being told it could take up to seven years before a match was available.
Fox 2 News reported that “for two years, Armistead underwent treatments in a dialysis center where he spent four hours a day, three days a week.” Suffering with his kidney failure, Armistead remained positive and continued to work with the Old Monroe Police Department to protect his community.
“So, we just look at it as five to seven years of a bump in the road before we can go back to a normal life,” he said.
An Illinois mother may have just saved the life of a Missouri man and it all started with a Facebook message 💙 https://gma.abc/2UOdm31
Abbie Dunkle, a mom of two from Illinois found Armistead’s story and knew she was the one to help. Dunkle had been willing to be a kidney donor for many years, Inside Edition reports.
“When a dear friend died 19 years ago and her organs were donated, Abbie ended up meeting the man who got her friend’s kidney. Ever since she has wanted to bestow that lifesaving gift to someone else.”
After finding out the two were a match, Dunkle messaged Armistead on Facebook, according to the screenshot posted on Inside Edition:
“Hi Ryan, My name is Abbie and a few months ago your news story showed up on my facebook feed and I started the process to see if I might be a match for you. I finished the process last week and we are a match! I was told today that your transplant coordinator should contact you next week to tell you, but I figured you may not want to wait that long to find out. If you are not wanting to be in touch, I completely understand and you don’t need to respond unless you’d like to. Please don’t feel obligated, but I am happy to get to know you before the transplant if you’d like.”
Receiving the life changing message Armistead said, “I literally fell to me knees and broke down in tears. So did my wife.”
The two families were able to meet and bond prior to the surgery. Dunkle and Armistead, who “hit it off”, went into surgery on January 22 in St. Louis. Dunkle feels honored to have helped this perfect stranger, “it’s amazing to me that a piece of me is living in his body.” The two have recovered perfectly fine and reportedly “feel great” after the surgeries.
Upcoming Book Shows the Heroism of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Who Exposed Defrocked Sex Abuse Cardinal
Viganò would make a great candidate for saint.
An upcoming book, Finding Viganò: In Search of the Man Whose Testimony Shook the Church and the World, profiles the courage and strength of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a whistleblower who exposed how a pedophile priest was being harbored by marxist apostate Pope Francis.
LifeSiteNews explains that book author Dr. Robert Moynihan was able to spend a few days with Viganò in July 2019, a rarity considering his reclusion since 2018. Viganò continues to stay in touch with a close circle of family members and friends while worshipping the Lord out of the public eye.
Viganò showed himself in public in January 2020 to pray and protest against the German Episcopal Conference and its President Cardinal Marx, who are pushing for Christian acceptance of homosexuality and other forms of sexual deviancy. However, Viganò has largely been in hiding since he published his iconic report regarding the rehabilitation of pedophile Cardinal Theodore McCarrick by Pope Francis after the Vatican fully understood that he preyed upon innocent children.
Big League Politics reported on McCarrick’s defrocking by the Catholic Church last year in the aftermath of Viganò’s shocking allegations:
A former Roman Catholic Cardinal who was forced to resign from his office for sexual abuse last summer was dismissed from the clerical state in a Vatican trial on Friday.
Theodore McCarrick, 88, is the most senior member of the Catholic clergy to be defrocked in modern times. McCarrick was officially removed from the clergy on charges of soliciting sex while hearing confessions.
McCarrick had been first busted in July when a former altar boy went public with a story that involved McCarrick unzipping his pants and groping him in New York 1972. Another adult man then came public with his account of being abused by McCarrick as a boy, beginning when he was 11.
The sexual abuse accusations against the Cardinal led to several former Catholic seminarians stepping forward with accounts of McCarrick’s gay relationships with them. McCarrick had gained a reputation for abusive solicitation of men studying at seminaries to become Catholic priests.
The church judicial proceedings in regards to the abuse attributed to McCarrick revealed what many saw as a lack of will to confront allegations against the Archbishop of Washington among senior Vatican officials.
An Italian bishop, Carlo Maria Vigano, has accused Pope Francis of having prior knowledge of the accusations against McCarrick before they surfaced publicly. Vigano even took the almost entirely unprecedented step of calling for the Pope’s resignation over his handling of the now-disgraced former Cardinal.
Church authorities in the United States may have been secretly aware of the accusations against McCarrick, sweeping the reports under the rug.
Moynihan describes Viganò as “arguably one of the loneliest men in the world” while being forced into hiding to protect his own safety. Viganò is paying the price for having integrity and character in a world that is increasingly dominated by the Beast.
Despite the hurdles, Viganò does not regret exposing the Vatican’s protection of McCarrick and demanding the resignation of McCarrick’s enabler Pope Francis.
“Having clearly covered for McCarrick, it was only right that he first did what he asked the Chilean bishops to do,” Viganò told Moynihan about why it was right to demand Pope Francis’ resignation,
“It was something I had to do.” he explained. “I think that I have been a witness to the truth.”
He added that “my conscience is telling me to protect the Church. I see that the devil has been entering into the Church, on the top of it, and so that I have to stand up.”
If righteous Catholics can ultimately rise up and defeat the “deep church,” as Viganò refers to it, he will likely be remembered as one of the greatest followers of Christ ever to live and be a prime candidate for sainthood. Finding Viganò will be available for sale in November.
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