A man decided to donate his kidney to a total stranger after receiving a touching note tucked inside an eBay parcel.

Ray Duffy first got the idea of becoming a living kidney donor in 2013, when his partner bought a top on eBay.


When the package arrived it carried a heartbreaking note.

Before posting the item, the seller had wrapped the top in paper illustrated with hand-drawn cartoons, along with a note detailing how her husband not only needed a kidney transplant, but had lost his job. The family had started selling things online as a source of income.

Ray Duffy decided to donate his kidney to a total stranger after receiving a touching note tucked inside an eBay parcel.

After reading the note, Ray was so touched and wanted to assist, but at the time he wasn’t sure how he could help. Ray decided to keep the note. Two years later while stuck In traffic, a radio segment came on discussing living kidney donors and gave Ray all the inspiration he needed to help someone he didn’t even know.

Ray recalled, “Back in 2013, my partner bought a top on eBay and it arrived wrapped up in brown wrapping paper which the sender had hand-drawn cartoons of animals all over.

“She had also written a thank-you note explaining that her husband was on the transplant waiting list, had lost his job and that now and then they would sell things they didn’t need on eBay so they could buy their kids a treat.


She said that she drew the pictures to put a smile on people’s faces as they had helped her put a smile on her children’s faces. I’ll never forget it.

“It was just a really nice gesture from a complete stranger and I couldn’t help feeling a bit queasy – here we are in the 21st century and there are families struggling while waiting for transplants. I felt so helpless.”

The seller had wrapped the top in paper illustrated with hand-drawn cartoons, along with a note detailing how her husband not only needed a kidney transplant, but had lost his job.

Ray remembered thinking at the time, ‘If I could, I would give her husband my kidney’, but reveals he had no idea if it was possible or even legal. But the ‘light-bulb moment’ came when he listening to the radio 2 years later.

“I went to change the music on the radio and I pressed the wrong button and accidentally tuned into an interview of a man speaking about his experience [of] donating a kidney.

“That was the light-bulb moment, I just knew I was going to do it. I registered in November and started the assessment process straight away.” Ray said.


After a year-long process aimed to ensure Ray was mentally, physically and medically fit to undergo the operation, he checked into the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for surgery in March 2017.

After a year-long process aimed to ensure Ray was mentally, physically and medically fit to undergo the operation, he checked into the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for surgery in March 2017.

“It was a very humbling experience to be able to do something like that for someone else. I know it’s not for everyone and it’s a huge decision but for me it just felt right.” Ray said.

What a kind and selfless man you are Ray Duffy. May God greatly bless you for all your compassionate deeds.

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