During our toughest times in life, we often have family and friends who are there to support and help us. But when a person(s) we haven’t known long enough help us out, you can’t help but feel a little blessed.
In February 2019, Cody Corwin, 26, gave Bernice Ramsey, 71, a life-saving gift and now both are on their way to recovery. Bernice was diagnosed with Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), liver inflammation and damage caused by a buildup of fat in the liver, reports Good Morning America. The disease had already taken the life of her brother, Mark, and sister, Jane.
It was when she became ill to a point where a transplant was the only way out for survival that the family sought a living donor. However, nobody in the family was a match. Her granddaughter Shelby’s boyfriend Cody offered to make the organ transplant but the family was reluctant. So, Cody called the clinic’s donor line and signed himself up.
“I am speechless…for him to step up and do something for someone I love so much. I just love him so much more for it,” Shelby, 26, told Good Morning America. “When she got sick I got really selfish because I kept thinking about her missing my wedding. He saved her life and I’m forever thankful,” she added.
The family is eternally grateful to Cody for giving Bernice another life. On their GoFundMe page, where they seek funds to make both Cody and Bernice comfortable by providing post-op care and its expenses, they said, “He is truly giving the gift of life! Nothing we can do or say can begin to express our gratitude towards Cody. We will never be able to repay him for offering life to our Bernice.”
Cody and Shelby have been dating for three years. He didn’t bat an eyelid when he heard that the family was in need, especially because both of them have the same blood type.
“She got really sick and she’s always been one the sweetest ladies I’ve ever met,” Cody said. “When I found out no [family member] was a match I called the Cleveland Clinic [medical center] and found out I was,” he said. He got the assessments and tests done without the family prompting him.
“I felt like it was something I had to do for her,” said the savior.
The surgery took place on February 25 and Cody hopes to get back to work by May. He’s resting and recovering at the moment. The Platt family has raised $12,795 for “the transplant surgeries, months of recovery for Bernice and Cody, setting up a secondary residence in Cleveland and missed workdays for” him.