Reported by: Diane Tuazon
For a woman in Midland, Texas, years of chatting with her taxicab driver has turned into an amazing story of friendship.
And a life-saving sacrifice.
"Our relationship? Opposites attract I guess," says cabbie Carol Hambright.
For Hambright, Keri Evans is more than just one of her clients.
"I have Type 1 diabetes. I have had it for 48 years. This is why my kidneys have failed. I've been on dialysis for 2 1/2 years," Evans relates.
Because of her condition, Evans is in need of a kidney transplant. But she never thought her cab driver would be the one willing to donate a kidney in her time of need.
"Everybody's like, I can't believe you're giving up your kidney. I said well, you only need one," says driver Hambright.
Hambright has been taking Evans to her dialysis for the past 2 1/2 years..
Somewhere along the way, their chats became more like those of old friends.
And Hambright went from cab driver to lifesaver.
"She told me you don't have to worry about picking me up tomorrow. She said I quit. I said excuse me. I'm not going to make it, I can't get a kidney. That's when I told her I'll give you mine," the cab driver relates.
Hambright's offer caught Evans by surprise.
Evans says most people dread and fear surgery. But her attitude is just the opposite.
She welcomes going under the knife.
"Dialysis is really hard."
"People should donate if they can. It's not that hard to do," Hambright advises.
The pair Will go through some more tests this week to make sure they're a match.
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