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Miracles on Center Street: Woman to donate kidney to fellow church member

Posted at 10:37 PM, Feb 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 00:31:49-05

A New Iberia woman is getting a second chance at life, thanks to a fellow member of her church.

Shirley Brown-Harrison and Nancy Crosby met at Lighthouse Missionary Baptist Church in New Iberia.

The two now share an indescribable bond after Harrison shared with the congregation she had kidney failure.

"Four years ago, I was placed on the transplant list, so I've been dealing with that ever since then, hoping and praying that a donor would come along," explained Harrison.

Crosby wanted to be the donor, but doctors weren't so sure because of her medical history. Six years ago, Crosby was shot six times and didn't know if she'd survive.

"I lost so much blood, six pints of blood, and it was somebody's blood that they donated to me that saved me," said Crosby. "I had to do whatever I could do to save [Harrison]."

Harrison was happy to hear Crosby wanted to get tested to see if she was a match, but Harrison didn't want to get her hopes up.

Crosby had no doubts.

"We're getting in the car to come back home from New Orleans," said Crosby. "I looked at her and said, 'Well, you know we're going to be connected for life because I know I'm going to be a match. God said so."

Crosby was right.

"I'm feeling like I'm going to have a second chance at life," said Harrison. "I'm just excited to live it."