A New Jersey man in desperate need of a kidney transplant got the lifesaving operation he needed after his plea for help went viral.
Rob Leibowitz, a 60-year-old single father of five from New Jersey, was suffering from chronic kidney disease and needed a donor organ, CBS News reports.
Rather than joining the waiting list for a kidney — which is some 80,000 names long and comes with up to a five-year wait, according to the Living Kidney Donors Network — Leibowitz took matters into his own hands.
During a family vacation to Disney World over the summer, Leibowitz wore a t-shirt for nine straight days that publicized his request, his blood type and his phone number, according to CBS. After a fellow vacationer posted a photo of the stunt on Facebook, calls began pouring in from across the country — and eventually, an Indiana man named Richie Sully was identified as a match.
“I keep saying, ‘Thank you,’” Liebowitz told PIX 11. “But you can’t put into words what he did for me, so I’ll have to figure out how to do the best I can for the rest of my life.”