A Christmas Miracle: Donations from Strangers Save a Child

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

As The Takeaway explores stories of gift giving and gift receiving on Christmas Day, a rare act of generosity changed Beth Gonzalez’s perspective on the notion of presents. Her three-year-old son Lucas was born with a rare genetic immune disorder, called Hyper IGM Syndrome, which required Lucas to undergo surgery last year. Even with health insurance, the family was not sure how they would manage paying for the operation. That's when they turned to the social networking site Reddit, where they posted their request for donations. Within hours, donations came pouring in from around the world.

"The world helped him. They essentially saved his life, gave him a long life," Gonzalez said. "I hope that helps him become someone who inherently wants to help others."


Beth Gonzalez

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Jen Poyant

Comments [1]

Ginny Baynes from Portland, OR

the greatest gift? For me it was the gift of a kidney from a friend -- who has since become a brother. I have a genetic kidney disease and needed a transplant. My dear friend Mark was a nearly perfect donor. So almost 9 years ago he gave me one of his. Because of his generous gift, I created the Anonymous Living Donor program here in Portland, OR. Since it's beginning 8 years ago I have helped 19 people give the gift of life to someone they will never meet. What they have done is the greatest gift possible. I rejoice for each one of them - especially for my dear friend Mark.
Ginny Baynes

Dec. 25 2012 02:06 PM

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