Stranger plans to donate kidney to local man

Posted at 9:40 PM, Aug 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-09 00:10:53-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.,-- Rob Burrows isn't enjoying life like he used to.

Just last year, Burrows was able to go on long walks with his three kids. Now, he struggles to find strength for simple things like grocery shopping.

"It’s hard to get up the stairs, it’s hard to do anything," Rob Burrows said.

However, the hardest part of Rob Burrows fight are his failing kidneys.

Rob's battle started when he was 13-months-old when he was diagnosed with diabetes.

He say's his health is getting worse and that he's so fatigued,  he can barely do anything at all.

For the past year Rob has searched for a kidney donor, and has had no luck, until now.

A 19-year-old from North Dakota will soon donate her kidney to Rob, a man she's never even met.

"I’m excited I’m impatient I’m anxious for it to get done because the sooner the surgery happens the sooner Rob will get better," Nellie Fischer said.

Nellie happens to work with Rob's sister, and has wanted to donate a kidney since she was 13.

"It’s wonderful that there are still people out there like that, it’s just amazing to do that for someone you don’t know​," Burrows said.

"You’re giving someone the ability to feel good again, it’s definitely worth it," Fischer said.

But there's a risk. Rob's body could reject the donor kidney and make him even more sick.

"Everything you have to deal with afterwards is definitely worth getting it done," Burrow said.

A couple of fundraisers are in their final planning stages for Rob.

For now, you can donate to Rob and Nellies GoFundMe accounts.

Click here to donate to Nellie, or click here to donate to Rob.