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Incredible Sniffing Dog Helps Save Woman’s Life [Video]



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  • A woman with failing kidneys receives a life-saving transplant after a chance encounter at the beach with a woman who would become her donor.
  • During the encounter, the woman’s Doberman, Indie, kept going over to the donor, Katie James, who didn’t mind and ended up joining the couple for a barbecue.
  • The Doberman’s behavior ultimately led to Katie finding out about the woman’s need for a kidney and becoming her donor, highlighting the unexpected ways that our furry friends can impact our lives for the better.

A woman has a new kidney, and she has both her donor and her dog to thank.

Lucy Humphrey and her partner Cenydd Owen were planning a two-day vacation, but due to her failing health, they decided to go to the beach instead.

It was a decision that would change her life forever.

Lucy had been living with lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease, for more than 15 years. The condition had caused inflammation to her heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and joints, and in 2019, her kidneys failed.

Despite undergoing dialysis, her doctors informed her that she might only have five years to live without a transplant.

On the day of their trip to the beach, Lucy and Cenydd parked their campervan overlooking the beach and set up a barbecue with their two Dobermans, Jake and Indie.

It was Indie who kept going over to a woman about 100 yards away, and they kept calling her back, thinking she might be intimidated by the big Doberman.


However, it turned out that the woman, Katie James, didn’t mind Indie coming over to her. Katie was crocheting and had been having a tough time herself.

Lucy and Cenydd apologized to Katie for Indie’s behavior, and she ended up joining them for their barbecue.

During their conversation, Katie found out that Lucy was waiting for a kidney transplant.

To everyone’s surprise, Katie revealed that she had just signed up for the kidney donation register and was willing to donate her kidney to anyone who needed it.


Katie and Lucy exchanged numbers, and the next day, they contacted a donor coordinator.

It turned out that Katie was a perfect match for Lucy. The transplant took a little while to take place due to Covid-19, but eventually, on Oct. 3, 2022, it happened at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” James told BBC News.

Despite complications in the initial weeks afterward, Lucy described the transplant as a success.

Lucy’s partner, Cenydd, described Katie as a “wonderful, selfless person” but added that she doesn’t like his jokes.

He said, “She doesn’t like my jokes, and said if I don’t stop telling her jokes, she wants her kidney back. She never signed up for my jokes.”


Lucy said that the transplant had completely changed her life already, and she could now eat and drink whatever she liked.

She added, “I really needed this transplant, I’d been on the waiting list for several years.”

The chance encounter at the beach had resulted in a life-saving transplant, and Lucy and Cenydd were grateful for the kindness and generosity of a stranger.

“We want to show that there is always hope for people. Never give in, because you never know, we weren’t even going to go to the beach that day. There’s a lot of good people out there,” they said.

This story proves that unexpected events can change our lives for the better. It also highlights the importance of organ donation and the life-changing impact it can have on those in need.

Source: BBC