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Columbus man receives kidney donation from nurse he barely knew

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More than 90,000 people in the United States are on a waiting list in need of a kidney donation.

Twenty-three-year-old Clay Taber was one of them until Tuesday when someone he barely knew, one of his nurses, donated her kidney to him.

Two patients wait for surgery at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. One is a wife and mother.  The other is a young man, engaged to be married with a bright future, but one that needs to be saved.

"I broke down.  Like I told someone else, it's just someone who has not known me for very long at all and to do something like this was just incredible," said Taber.

Taber, who is from Columbus, was diagnosed with Goodpasture Syndrome in August of 2010.  The Emory University Hospital says it is a one in one million autoimmune disorder where antibodies attack the kidneys and lungs.

Taber's kidneys were failing.  He was emitted to Emory University Hospital and was put in an available room on the transplant floor.  There he met Nurse Allison Batson.

"My kids have been very fortunate to be healthy and start their lives the way that they should.  [I was] feeling for Clay's mom and dad and watching them in fear that their son did not get the same chance at life that everyone should have," said Batson.

Taber began dialysis, looking and waiting for a kidney donor.  In August of 2011, doctors said his mom was unable to donate.  Once before, Batson offered to donate her kidney to him, and again, in October, she offered to try and save his life.  She was a match.

"All of my children came to meet him, and they fondly refer to Clay and his family as our kidney-in-laws," said Batson.

Taber's father, Allen, says he looks forward to the day when his son is strong and healthy again.

"We're just so thankful for Allison doing such a selfless act and giving her kidney to Clay, as she has described, to bring his life back to normal," said the father.

Now, the two patients want to use their story to inspire others.  Doctors say there are more than 90,000 people in this country waiting for a kidney donation and only about 6,000 living donor transplants are done each year.

"That's there's someone statewide or nationwide that hears this message that thinks they can be an organ donor.  It would be amazing," said Batson.

Taber, an Auburn graduate, plans to marry his fiancé in June, wants to pursue a career in finance, and will always remember the gift of life his special friend gave him.

"I have my mom.  I have my fiance's mom who is my second mom, and now, Allison is my third mom," said Taber.

Batson will have to check-in with her doctor once a year to check on her kidney function.

Doctors will be monitoring Taber closely over the next few weeks and adjusting his medication if needed.

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