Childhood Home Leads to Kidney Match

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

September 26, 2006

A Madison County man was forced to give up his childhood home when he lost his kidneys, but he received new hope for life from the very woman who bought his home.

P.J. Morris dreamed of living on the acres of farmland where he grew up. In 2003 he bought a home on the property and began fixing it up, but soon learned he was sick.

“I lost my kidneys and had to start on dialysis and I have been on dialysis almost two years,” said Morris.

Life on dialysis combined with keeping up the land seemed too difficult.

Morris felt he had no choice but to give up his dream and sell his childhood home. What he didn't expect is that with the sale came new hope for life without dialysis.

Romayne Ashley and her husband Dave bought the home. The two families became fast friends and Romayne soon did what most wouldn't consider. Knowing Morris just a few months, she got tested and learned she was a match for a transplant.

“Since we met here, there was something special there. And I like to help people. So I’m doing it for him and I’m partly doing it for my son, to give back. He got a bone marrow transplant,” said Ashley.

Soon, Romayne will give one of her kidney's to Morris.

“It’s almost beyond belief that you would meet someone that you've never seen before in your life; [they] bought your house, moved in, and then donated a kidney to you,” said Morris.

“I can't stand every week that I know hes on that dialysis [machine]. I know that's awful. And I can't wait to see him run around, swing on a chandelier after I give him a kidney,” said Ashley.

The first thing Morris plans on doing with his new kidney: he says he wants both families to take a trip together.

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