If you sow seeds of kindness, you will reap kindness. Ingeborg McIntosh, of Phoenix, Arizona, is an incredible woman who has selflessly looked after more than 120 foster kids in the course of her life. After Ingeborg was diagnosed with kidney disease, she desperately needed a kidney transplant. In the end, her adopted son came forward to give her the gift of life.
But when Ingeborg knew the would-be donor was her adopted son, Jordan McIntosh, she didn’t want to accept it and gave him many chances to back out.
She raised him since he was a baby, then he went and did the unbelievable.
Jordan was brought to her home soon after he was born. Ingeborg felt an immediate connection with him from the start, calling it “love at first sight.”
Ingeborg wanted to adopt him, but his biological mother wanted him to be raised by either a biracial family or an African American family. However, Ingeborg loved Jordan dearly; she wanted to raise him as her own child, and when Jordan was 4 years old, the adoption was finalized.
“He was a part of the family, no matter what,” Ingeborg told KPHO.
More than 20 years passed before Ingeborg was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in the summer of 2013. The doctors told her a kidney transplant was needed.
Little did Ingeborg know that Jordan had taken it upon himself to find out if he could be a donor. The results came back positive.
With Mother’s Day approaching, Jordan broke the news to Ingeborg—he would give her the ultimate gift: a new kidney.
However, fearing for Jordan’s health, the loving mom didn’t want her son to do it.
“And I kept telling him, up until almost the time of the surgery, I said ‘you can still back out,’” Ingeborg shared. “He says, ‘no mom, I want to do this for ya.’”
'Everything she's done for me since I was a kid, I just wanted to give it back to her, and show her how much I appreciate her,' her son said.
Ingeborg coaxed him to give up his plan. But Jordan insisted on donating a kidney to his mom, whom he felt indebted to.
“Everything she’s done for me since I was a kid, I just wanted to give it back to her, and show her how much I appreciate her,” said Jordan with tears in his eyes. “I feel like this was my calling in life, I guess,” he added. “Hopefully I can do more for her as I get older, but for the moment, it’s the least I could do.”
Jordan didn’t change his mind. He told Ingeborg: “You took me in and now I want to do this for you.”
The transplantation surgery went ahead, and fortunately, the operation was successful. “I can’t ask for a better son,” Ingeborg shared.
Ingeborg has done so much for Jordan, and now he returned her the favor by giving her the ultimate Mother Day’s gift—a second, new chance at life.
Kindness begets kindness—it’s true! “It might be immediately, or 27 years down the line, but something good is going to come your way,” Jordan said.
The gratitude and love Jordan has for his mother is undeniable. They say actions speak louder than words, and if that’s true, then what Jordan did spoke volumes.
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