Woman who gave her kidney to her neighbor is inspiring others

Almost a year ago, an Ohio woman surprised her neighbor with life-saving news, and her story has since inspired others to become organ donors after it was shared on "GMA."
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And we've got a great update on one of our stories from tell T.J. Celebrating the unsung heroes around the country. We're excited about this. Last fall you'll remember T.J. Brought us this incredible moment when a man who needed a kidney transplant was surprised when he met his donor. It turns out it was his neighbor and it all happened live right here. Well, you will never believe what that inspired for one "Gma" viewer to do. I got so many viewers write in to complain after that story aired. They complained, T.J., I just finished putting my makeup you got me crying and now I got to do my makeover again. One viewer got emotional, got inspired then got up and made the decision to save another life. Wow. Today is fabulous. They're such great friends. Reporter: We introduced you to Dave and Nancy, neighbors and friends from Ohio. Dave diagnosed with a serious kidney disease that required a transplant. That's when he said we need to get you on dialysis and that's when it's like, oh, man. Really didn't want to go there. He was definitely scared. I could tell by the look in his eyes. Reporter: Looking for a donor Dave didn't realize one was close by. Yes, his neighbor Nancy. She stepped up and went to get tested to sigh if she was a match. I jumped at the chance to do this. Not knowing that I was going to be a match. You think about being a match but you're thinking, how could I be a match? Reporter: Nancy ultimately revealed she was the donor right here on "Gma." Little did we know our story would inspire others to step up and one of those is Jeannine Russell. I watched the story and it definitely moved me. I was -- brought me to tears, caused me to think, well, if they can do it, why can't I do that? Why can't I make a difference? Reporter: Jeannine shared her feelings with her family and her daughter told her about a co-worker in need of a transplant. I received a call from the doctor stating that I can't wait any more. I can't wait for a donor to step Reporter: So Jeannine didn't hesitate. She offered to become the lifeline to a woman she had never met. All I could think about is this is something that I think I can do and it's secret I want to Reporter: The surgery was a success and two days after the procedure sone met her donor for the first time. Thank you so much. You saved my life. And I wouldn't be here had she not sacrificed that for me. She is heaven sent. She's my angel. T.J. Took me in a place that I couldn't even imagine. I would never ever ever imagine that I could have done this and it empowered me to be able to do it. Guy, in our careers we've done countless stories and come and go and we just told one guy's story and now a humbling experience to think something here moved to save another life. We talk about transplants and that organ transplant list. There are 110,000 to 115,000 waiting for a transplant. I just -- happened to be in our audience. Crystal is over here. And, crystal, she is wearing a shirt that says looking for Mr. Right or left. How long have you been on the waiting list. I've been on the list for three years. This is what happens. Crystal, thank you. She looks healthy. She's doing okay today but we have 20 people die in this country every single year on that waiting list. So the need is so great. Living donors are important. Talk Yo your doctor. But if you want to try to save a life you can do it right now by going in, not just that card but something to consider because folks are waiting every single day for organs that never come sometimes. Thank you for telling the story. Hey, it was an absolute honor. Tell T.J. Coming up, Tamron hall is here live.

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