This 50-year-old father of eight children, including five-year-old Sean, didn’t have much hope until Sean got Marie Bell for a kindergarten teacher.
“I didn’t think that God made people like her any more,” Marshall said.
On Tuesday afternoon at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Bell gave Sean’s daddy a kidney.
“I am blessed to know this family; blessed to have this child in my classroom,” she said Monday afternoon. “I am blessed.”
“I’m excited,” said Marshall Smith, on the eve of the operation, with a tear falling down his cheek. He stopped to collect himself.
“I’m excited because I’m going to get a second chance to live and be able to be a father for my son.”
Smith’s kidneys stopped working two years ago. His arm holds deep scars from intense dialysis: four hours a day, three days a week since 2009.