May 29, 2015 12:57 PM EDT This weekend, a Hooters waitress is donating a kidney to one of the restaurant’s regular customers, Atlanta news station 11 Alive reports.
Don Thomas lost kidney function due to cancer, and Mariana Villarreal, who works at the Roswell, Ga., franchise, was inspired to donate because her grandma recently died of kidney failure.
“I wasn’t able to do anything for my grandma,” she told
11 Alive, but “if [Don] can live two more years, happy as he’s ever been, that’s fine with me.”
It is not the first time a stranger has donated a kidney to someone in need.
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