Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Your feel-good story of the week

Sometimes miracles happen.  Sometimes, if you're very lucky indeed, it's a double miracle.

It was pure chance that [Chris] Dempsey came into [Heather] Krueger’s life.

The code-enforcement officer in Frankfort, Ill., overheard one of his co-workers talk about a cousin who was dying of cancer and desperately needed a liver transplant.

Dempsey readily agreed to get tested to see if he was a match.

“I spent four years in the Marine Corps and learned there never to run away from anything,” he explained to CBS News. “So I just said to myself, ‘Hey, if I can help, I’m going to help.’ ”

He turned out to be a match.

“I got off the phone and ran down the hallway, and my mother and I were both crying our eyes out in disbelief,” Krueger said on “Today.” “I had never even met this man before.”

The pair finally met over lunch to discuss the surgery, and then found themselves becoming friends as the operation loomed nearer.

. . .

Krueger and Dempsey went in for the eight-hour procedure at the University of Illinois Hospital on March 16, 2015.

The surgery was a success — and the pair became even closer in its aftermath. They soon realized they’d fallen in love.

Last December, Dempsey took Krueger to the top of the Hancock Building in Chicago, and then proposed to her after a carriage ride.

There's more at the link.  Here's a video report that provides more details.

That's the best feel-good story I've heard for a very long time.  Congratulations to both of them, and best wishes for a long, happy and fruitful life together.



Nate Winchester said...

Did he have to give her a ring or was the liver enough?

(probably best I wasn't his best man at the wedding, I'd have enough material for hours)

shugyosha said...


People who've been trough that can usually... stomach any jokes you can throw, if you're in their circle.

Take care

MrGarabaldi said...

hey Peter;

Durn dust on the keyboard...Awesome story. Something positive for the day.

Nate Winchester said...


Oh I know. The real insult is usually in doing jokes they've already covered themselves.

Somewhere in my black heart that still remembers what it was like to be happy and joyful is thrilled for them. I really do hope they have a happily ever after.

Magson said...

I saw a BBC article about this earlier today too. I sent it to a freind with the subject line "Your feel-good story of the day." Nice conincidence.