An Ohio man whose family advertised his need for a kidney in the rear window of his SUV last year found a donor Friday.
Neal Raisman, 68, received a new kidney at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center after suffering with kidney disease for the last seven years and being on dialysis for one, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
A former college president and professor from Bexley, Raisman made headlines last May when his daughter, Shana, used yellow tape to write a message on his silver-blue SUV that read: “Got kidney? I need 1. PLEASE call of text.” And Raisman’s phone number was included.
According to the Associated Press, Raisman received more than 100 calls – though some of the calls included pranksters and others were from people making illegal offers.
Raisman said a central Ohio woman called about four months ago saying she saw the message on his car and wanted to help. After she cleared all the requirements, Raisman was told by his transplant coordinator a month ago that he had a kidney.
The donor wished to remain anonymous.
Raisman's surgeon told Raisman's wife, Aileen, and his daughter that the surgery was "everything he had hoped."
It was a perfect kidney," Dr. Amer Rajab said. "No complications."
Tears and hugs ensued when his unidentified donor visited Raisman's room after the surgery.
"Tell me how you put a price on a second chance at life?" Aileen Raisman said. "How can anyone possibly know what that means?"
The Associated Press contributed to this report.