Woman with no kidneys hits the road in search of donor

Woman with no kidneys hits the road in search of donor
Felicia Dixon spotted Devyn Livington's traveling billboard for a kidney last week (source: wect)
"I need a kidney" sign on the back of Livington's car. (Source: WECT)
"I need a kidney" sign on the back of Livington's car. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - College Road and Oleander Drive is likely Wilmington's busiest intersection but it's one that Felicia Dixon tackles during her morning commutes.

"I was having a rough morning that day, and I was just going about my business," Dixon said. "When all of a sudden I just see this car."

Through the flurry of car chaos, an exclamation caught her eye.

"It said 'I need a kidney,' and I was like 'oh my god I have to get closer', so I chased her down for probably a good mile and a half," Dixon explained.

Weaving in and out of traffic, she sped closer to the silver sedan.

"This was the first time I was stopped in my tracks and I was like 'whoa.' I didn't know what to think," said Devyn Livingston who was inside the silver car.

"I was beeping my horn and I was like 'can you pull over I am not crazy or anything, I work with the radio station and I want to get your story out and see if I can help,'" Dixon explained to Livingston.

Dixon, a local radio DJ felt compelled to flag her down, not only to put her story on the airwaves but said her message hit home.

"My father-in-law just passed away in February of kidney failure, and my grandmother has been on dialysis for eight to ten years," Dixon said. "I saw this sign on her car and I had to do something."

Devyn, just 25 was born with teeny tiny kidneys, shriveled up like raisins.

"I have had two transplants and I have been through a lot," said Livingston. "My body rejected both transplants and right now I have no kidneys inside of me."

Livingston says she survives by going to dialysis three times a week in three-hour sessions. She recently moved to Wilmington from California after having no luck in finding a donor there.

"I came out here hoping for change," said Livingston. "Figured if it's not working there maybe I can move somewhere and something will happen."

So a week ago she decided to take her desperation to the streets and put a large sticker on the back of her car asking for help.

"One day I just said I have to do this. All that can be said is no. Or maybe it could turn out to be something big," said Livingston.

Her story has already been shared hundreds of times on Facebook thanks to Dixon, a complete stranger who saw her public plea.

"I can't thank you enough for stopping," Livingston said to Dixon. "You have no idea. It has changed my thought process of what could happen or what will happen. It's crazy."

If you would like to help in Devyn's fight you can contact her at kidney4devyn@gmail.com

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