Nate Jones said his kidney problems were discovered after he had his eyes examined. His eye doctor sent Jones to a retina specialist, the television station reported. The specialist said he needed to see his primary doctor "yesterday," WFAA reported.
“(The doctor said)‘You’re a walking time bomb,’” Jones told the television station. "Like, ‘Buddy, you are in trouble.’”
After learning he had renal failure, Jones was told a transplant was his only option.
"Transplant? How do you go from being healthy with no headaches, no nothing – and now you need a transplant?" Jones told WFAA.
Jones’ wife, Amenze Jones, mentioned her husband’s condition to Schecter as a head’s up in case her children seemed distracted, the television station reported.
“Very shortly after she told me -- like within days or maybe even hours -- I felt a heavy burden," Schecter said. "Of course, I didn’t want to be the person to give a kidney -- who wants to go into surgery and do something crazy like that?”
Schecter decided several months later to undergo testing to she if she could be a donor. She was.
Nate Jones was overwhelmed after surgery, giving Schecter a long, tight hug, WFAA reported.
“How do I pay her back?” Nate Jones told the television station. “I can’t. I can’t pay her back. It runs through my mind. What can you do to thank her for this? Words aren’t enough.
“I mean, do I cut her grass every day? Do I paint her house? What do I do?”
“There’s something bold for you to do. God will give it to you,” Schecter told him. “You’ve got a good kidney now. Just go forward and do what you need to do.”