GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A metro Atlanta flight attendant has been grounded due to a kidney disease, but his prayers have been answered and he's finally receiving a new kidney thanks to a kindhearted stranger from Minnesota.
Every night, for more than a year, Oscar David Serrano has had to hook his catheter up to a cycler, which is a dialysis machine set up in the bedroom of his Lilburn home.
"My life becomes my disease. I hook up to this machine and spend 11 hours connected to it while it removes all the toxins from my body. It's 25 feet long, so I can't go far," Serrano told FOX 5's Portia Bruner back in August.
The 51-year-old Delta fight attendant hasn't been able to work since he was diagnosed in 2014.
"I've had a lot of strangers who tried, but it just didn't work out for any number of reasons. The criteria is tough and it's really hard to pass," Serrano previously said.
Serrano's partner, Mick Coleman, and other relatives have tried to donate kidneys, but have not been able to help. The Gwinnett County man had grown weary of matches falling through at the last minute, but he's now feeling overjoyed.
Kimberly Bachmeyer Rynders is a match and has offered to donate one of her kidneys to Serrano.
Ahead of the wonderful news, Serrano had placed hundreds of posters at shopping centers, coffee shops and all over his car, in hopes of finding a donor.
"I thought to myself, if i just sit here waiting for the hospital to call me about a cadaver kidney that won't even last as long as a living donor, I will be dead by that time," he said.
Serrano's transplant surgery is scheduled for December 28 at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.