“It is because the human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect. That death doesn’t just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed.”
~ Mitch Albom; The Five People You Meet In Heaven
Death took a hero and missed me ….. and lives and families were changed forever! I can attest to this as fact.
Twelve years ago today my life intersected with a man, a true hero.
I was lying in a hospital bed, in a coma, hooked up to machines and IV’s, my heart was pumping at less than 5%. I was swirling the drain.
Four hundred and some odd miles miles away, a young man was also lying in a hospital bed, certainly hooked up to machines and IV’s as well, struggling to breathe.
May 9th, 2007 ….. is when our lives began to intersect and the intersection was completed with my heart transplant on May 11th.
I don’t know exactly what transpired between those two dates ….. but this young hero and I were matched by God and an algorithm …. arrangements were made for a funeral in one state and for a heart transplant in another. A tragic loss for one family, a glimmer of hope for my family …. that easily could have been planning a funeral too.
For the past twelve years my life has been powered by this hero’s beautiful heart.
Today, as I do each and every day, I remember that young man that saved my life. He is and will always be my HERO. God Bless you and your family Benny Keith Ward.
I also thank God for all those doctors, nurses, techs, social workers and staff that never quit then and are still a large part of my life today.
“With tear filled eyes, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul for this beautiful gift I was blessed to receive. Words alone cannot express my heartfelt gratitude to God, Benny Keith and his family.”