Friends from Texas reunite for a kidney transplant


Krystal Watson will be undergoing a kidney transplant in a week and will receive a kidney from an old elementary school friend.

TEXAS, USA – Krystal Watson and Jennifer Tindell met in second grade in central Texas.

Life drove them apart more than 30 years ago. Watson now lives in Clute and Tindell lives in Waco.

They recently found each other on Facebook and something life-changing is bringing them even closer together.

“I’m excited. I can’t wait,” said Watson. “I can’t describe it, it’s just a true blessing.”

Last year, Watson shared that she was eligible for a kidney transplant and detailed her health journey in a Facebook post. She said a few friends sent her a message willing to be living donors. Tindell was one of them.

“I just felt compelled. I felt like God just wanted to tell me you know, just reach out. What’s it gonna hurt?” Tindell remembers.

After some blood tests, Tindell found out she was a match.

“I’m excited and genuinely honored for the opportunity to do this,” Tindell said.

Both women said it was divine intervention, that their faith in God brought them together.

“I truly believe that I was called of God,” Tindell said.

“It was just a wonderful feeling that someone I met in second grade is now going to be my donor,” Watson said.

Soon her life will change forever. Watson said it was a huge gift for someone like Tindell to donate an organ.

“Maybe that’s the only reason you’re here on this earth, you were here to help someone else have at least a little bit better life,” Tindell said.

In a week, Tindell will have the opportunity to give her childhood friend a better life.

“I’m so glad you were in my life,” Watson told Tindell during a video call, “I’m glad I found you and I can’t thank you enough.”

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