Charleston Woman Donates Kidney to Total Stranger
Frank Ancrum, a Vietnam War veteran, needed a new kidney because of exposure to Agent Orange during his two tours of duty.
Eight months ago, Frank Ancrum and Bianca Gadsden Powell were perfect strangers. Now, they’re best friends.
"Everyday, if we don't talk, we text, but almost every day," they recently told WCIV.
It’s no surprise really, considering that a few months ago Powell gave Ancrum the gift of life in the form of a much-needed kidney.
It all began at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, where Ancrum volunteers and Powell works a medical instrument technician. Ancrum, a 68-year-old Vietnam War veteran, needed a new kidney because of exposure to Agent Orange during his two tours of duty.
"I saw Mr. Frank and I noticed he was a volunteer and we just started talking," Powell recalled to WCIV.
That’s when the two got to talking.
"She told me she offered someone else an organ, and I said whoa," said Ancrum. "I asked her… 'Would it be alright if I had the organ?' She said yes.’"
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After two months of waiting, on October 4, 2017, they got the call that would bind them together for life.
"I called Mr. Frank and I told him they told me we were a match," said Powell.
"The first thing I said was 'Thank you, Jesus," cause I was just so excited," said Ancrum.
Ancrum told WCIV that it was an answer to his prayers.
"I just wanna thank you for being so sweet and giving me the gift of life and I'm gonna take care of it until the day I leave this side," he told Powell during their recent on-camera get together.