Union County woman donates kidney to fellow church member

Union County woman donates kidney to fellow church member

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The two met at the Church of God in Maynardville. The two met at the Church of God in Maynardville.
"I think that's just something you do. If you have God's love inside, you want to be able to bless people if you can," said Lynn Shaw. "I think that's just something you do. If you have God's love inside, you want to be able to bless people if you can," said Lynn Shaw.
"This is the best Christmas present that I ever had," said Johnny Russell. "This is the best Christmas present that I ever had," said Johnny Russell.
"This is the greatest show of love that I know of," said Pastor Charles McClure. "This is the greatest show of love that I know of," said Pastor Charles McClure.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) - A Union County woman is recovering after donating her kidney to a man she barely knows. The two met at their church in Maynardville.

Pastor Charles McClure says his church has a lot of praises to sing this Christmas after the generous donation.

"This is the greatest show of love that I know of," said Pastor McClure.

Lynn Shaw donated her kidney to Johnny Russell Wednesday at UT Medical Center. The two met at the Church of God in Maynardville.

Russell's kidney failed several years ago. He searched for a donor, but couldn't find a match until now.

After learning Russell needed a kidney to save his life, Shaw got tested and found out that she was a perfect match.

"She's just a special person. She's an angel sent from God is what she is," said Russell.

Shaw says she just did what she felt called to do.

"I think that's just something you do. If you have God's love inside, you want to be able to bless people if you can," said Shaw.

Thanks to Shaw's kidney, Russell no longer needs dialysis.

"I needed it bad. I could tell my health was going down," said Russell.

"I talked to Lynn and said 'God will bless you for this,' and she said he already has because Johnny won't have to go on dialysis anymore. So that was all she had on her mind," said the pastor.

"This is the best Christmas present that I ever had," said Russell.

"It's definitely worth it. I would do it again," said Shaw.

Both Russell and Shaw said they're feeling great Thursday, one day after the procedure. Both are expected to be out of the hospital next week.

To learn more about organ donation in Tennessee, click here.

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