EL RENO, Okla. — The Conner family is celebrating 30 years of a life saved.
Jan Potts, the only girl among four boys, had health concerns since she was a child.
As an adult, she needed a kidney.
All of her brothers desperately wanted to help but her brother Michael was the only one who could; he was an almost perfect match.
“The doctors said the match would have only been closer if they were twins,” Michelle Bohach said, Michael’s daughter.
“My mom would have died when I was 13 if it wasn’t for my uncle Mike. She would have missed out on all those major life moments,” a very tearful Sherri Stinson said, Jan’s daughter.
The sacrifice was made April 28, 1982.
Saturday, several generations celebrated sharing stories and pictures.
“It’s amazing because we’ve been told most transplanted organs don’t last longer than 20 years, especially those done back then,” Bohach said.
“For the first time in my life, I knew what it felt like not to be sick. There are so many things people take for granted every day, good health is one of them,” Potts said.
Michael said, “It wasn’t a tough decision at all. I just couldn’t bear losing my sister.”
The Conner family believes in helping others whenever you have the opportunity.
A tragic car accident took the life of Michael’s 2-year-old grandson a few years ago.
His organs were donated and several people are living because of that sacrifice, too.