LIMA — On Friday, Charlotte Wagner, 73, of Lima, is going to receive a new kidney from a complete stranger during an operation at Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.
Anthony Noffsinger, 40, from Findlay, heard about Charlotte’s need for a kidney through a Facebook post from Wagner’s daughter, Dawn, who just happens to be the manager of the apartment complex where Noffsinger lives.
She encouraged Charlotte and her husband, Herb, to post something on Facebook in the hopes of finding a living donor.
“As soon as I shared it, this guy over here popped up on my Facebook and said ‘I want to get tested,’” said Dawn Wagner.
“It was on a weekend and I told Dawn on Monday that I would get tested. I was a match five or six years ago to a complete stranger. I had to turn it down because of work-related issues. My employer would not let me have the time off,” said Noffsinger.
This time, things have gone smoother.
“I called Wexner [Medical Center] and started the process and that was initial blood work and it just went on from there,” he said.
Charlotte Wagner was born with small kidneys and she’s been preparing for this for quite a while. Her kidney function is only at nine percent. She’s in stage 5 kidney failure and will need dialysis unless she gets a new kidney.
“You’re in limbo for a while. You just kind of go from day to day, hoping everything works out, and it did,” said Wagner.
“It’s just something I felt I needed to do,” said Noffsinger.
“It’s almost unbelievable. It’s just a great thing somebody would even think about doing that. It’s hard to really think that somebody would be that generous to do something like that. That’s a lot to give,” said Wagner.
Noffsinger is concerned about his job at Lowes in Findlay where he works delivering heavy appliances. He’ll need to be off for up to 12 weeks while he recovers from the removal of one of his kidneys.
The Wagners can not directly pay Noffsinger for a kidney because insurance would not cover the procedure.
“He has not been employed through his company for a year, so he’s not been able to get any kind of short-term disability or any kind of FMLA or anything through Lowes, so I’m like, ‘He’s going to need help,’ and I can’t give it to him,” said Dawn.
A GoFundMe page — https://www.gofundme.com/65tdn1c — has been set up to help Noffsinger with living expenses. Dawn’s company has already agreed to forego his rent for three months while he recovers.
An account has also been opened up at First Federal Bank.
Dawn is also accepting checks for Noffsinger. The address is 214 E. Melrose Ave., Findlay, OH 45840.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.