Monday, July 10, 2006

Limo driver gets big tip from rider: A body part

Limo driver gets big tip from rider: A body part
Customer donates kidney to Chicago man, who suffers from diabetes
Copyright by Reuters Limited

CHICAGO - As tips go, Chicago limousine driver Abdul Faraj got a priceless one this week when one of his regular customers offered up a kidney, media reports said.

Faraj and Minnesota businessman Dave Baker underwent transplant surgeries at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

“He gave me part of his body. He saved my life,” Faraj, a diabetes sufferer whose kidneys were failing despite a three-times-a-week dialysis regime, told area television stations.

Baker has used Faraj, a native of Lebanon, as his driver on trips to Chicago for several years.

Making small talk months ago, Baker learned of Faraj’s poor health and struggle to find a kidney donor with a matching blood type.

“At that time, he tells me, ‘What’s your blood type?’ I tell him O-positive,” Faraj said. “He said, ‘I’m 0-positive. I’ll give you one.”’

Baker is out of the hospital and expected to fully recover within weeks.

“This was an opportunity to stop, slow down, take a look around and try to help someone,” Baker told local television.
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