BOSTON (CBS) — Glenn Corbett waits at Logan Airport with great anticipation to his child.
“My daughter lives and he’s going to walk through that door any minute,” Glenn said.
Moments later 18 year old Ernesto Vargas who flew into Boston all the way from Eagle Pass Texas comes off the plane and embraces Glenn.
“He’s here to thank me because he was going to see Christmas and graduate from high school six years after my daughter donated her kidney,” Glenn said.
Six years ago their lives crossed paths through tragedy. Glenn’s daughter Kristin was killed in car accident while attending college in Texas. At the same time Ernesto was dying and was in desperate need of kidney transplant.
“I was a disaster,” Ernesto said. Turns out Kristen was an organ donor and just happened to be a perfect match for Ernesto.
“They’ve done such an amazing thing especially for Kristin and if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t been able to meet the family,” Ernesto said.
President and CEO of New England Organ Bank Alexandra Glazier says the need for organ donors is critical.
“You can save lives and make an incredible impact and a decision you can make on your own,” Glazier said.
Glazier also says every day in this country 22 people die waiting for an organ transplant and here in New England more than 5000 patients on the waiting list. It’s up to people like Kristin to leave a legacy so people like Ernesto can have a second chance at life.
“It takes a lot to give to another person,” Ernesto said. Today Glen holds his daughter Kristen close to his heart and Ernesto by his side.
“Organ donation is just a miracle,” Glenn said.