by Rebekah Hernandez – Observer

 Marlene and Dudley Williams pose with Ted Morton. Submitted Photo.

Marlene and Dudley Williams
pose with Ted Morton.
Submitted Photo.

July 3, 2009

BROCTON – Movie Critique Judith Crist once said, “All you’ll get from strangers is surface pleasantry or indifference.” Most people would probably agree with this quote. But that is not the case for Marlene and Dudley Williams of Brocton. They would most likely agree with an anonymous quote, “Strangers are friends you have yet to meet.”

Dudley Williams was lucky enough to find a stranger willing to save his life. He found Ted Morton.

Williams first learned of his condition and the urgent need for a healthy kidney in 2003. In August of 2006, he was put on the transplant list for a new kidney when he was a patient at Buffalo General Hospital. He began treatments later that year in December.

Marlene and Dudley’s son volunteered to be tested as a kidney donor but unfortunately neither was a match. For three and a half years, Williams received dialysis treatments at Brooks Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Williams said the staff was great to him. “They did everything every day to make sure his needs were met,” she said.

Change of Luck

Mrs. Williams read a small article in the OBSERVER on the National Kidney Foundation of Western New York. The organization has a Web site dedicated to the well-being of patients and families affected by kidney and urinary tract diseases. The Web site, also facilitates the chances of finding an organ donor. Mrs. Williams added her husband’s profile to the Web site hoping for a miracle.

The Web site was started by four women with a common dilemma – they each searched for a kidney transplant for a loved one. One of the Web site’s founders searched and found a kidney for her son, but the Buffalo General Hospital’s policy denied him the kidney transplant simply because the donor was found through the Internet. The unfairness brought these four women to create “Women on a Mission.”

They sat before the hospital’s administration and Transplant Department to ask them for a change in policy. After eight months, the policy was finally changed and was formed, becoming a huge success.

After posting her husband’s profile on the Web site, Mrs. Williams received several phone calls and e-mails from individuals willing to give their kidney for financial gain. But when Ted Morton contacted the hospital’s transplant coordinator at Buffalo General Hospital, Marlene and Dudley knew he was serious about the donation he offered. Morton was a complete stranger, had never before spoken to the family.

According to Marlene, Ted is a lifesaver.

“We are still in awe that Ted did this amazing thing. Everyone we tell our story to is amazed that a complete stranger would come forward and do something like this,” she said.

Morton is a true hero and deserves recognition for his amazing gesture. Not many people would wake up one morning and decide to donate a body organ to a complete stranger.

Western Kidney Connection helped to save Dudley’s life.

The surgeries were performed on June 11 and both Ted and Dudley are recuperating at home. Mrs. Williams believes that it was meant for her husband and Morton to connect via internet.

“If it was not for the Web site,” she said, “Ted would not have been able to give Dudley his kidney.”

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