As supermarket specials go, this one sounded too good to be true: One grade-A, healthy, human kidney — for free.

Myra de la Vega, a cashier at a Jewel-Osco store in Evanston, thought that the man she knew only from her checkout line was joking when he told her he’d donate the organ she so desperately needs.

As supermarket specials go, this one sounded too good to be true: One grade-A, healthy, human kidney — for free.

Myra de la Vega, a cashier at a Jewel-Osco store in Evanston, thought that the man she knew only from her checkout line was joking when he told her he’d donate the organ she so desperately needs.

But, as the Chicago Sun-Times reports, Dan Coyne, a Chicago Public Schools social worker, was serious.

So, Friday morning, surgeons at Northwestern Memorial Hospital will remove one of Coyne’s healthy kidneys and transplant it to de la Vega, a 49-year-old Filipino immigrant and mother of two who was diagnosed with renal failure three years ago and has continued to work even as she’s undergone dialysis ever since.

The transplant “will give me another 25 or 30 years of life,” de la Vega, clearly still astounded by her customer’s generosity, said Tuesday as she sat with Coyne at Pershing East Magnet School, 3113 S. Rhodes, where he works. “It’s unbelievable: a complete stranger offering his kidney to me.” 

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  1. God bless it – I’ve been
    God bless it – I’ve been talking to Myra about this for well over a year now and I’ve been praying she’d get the help she needs. She has had a smile on her face each/every time I’ve been to Jewel, and now she’s got more to smile about. Thanks to whomever helped her out.

    Lee

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