Two Male friends From Michigan Receive Transplants Same Day
Gordon Veldman from Pentwater, Michigan and Fred Nelis from Holland, Michigan became true blood brothers, when they received an organ donation from the same donor. Veldman and Nelis were suffering from chronic illnesses, in which they both were in dire need of an organ transplant. They both received their gifts on March 9, 2015.
This is the first time that lifelong friends received an organ from the same donor. The crazy thing about this occurrence is both surgeries were performed, at the same time in the Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital. While Veldman was undergoing a lung transplant surgery, Nelis was undergoing a heart transplant.
They both are doing fine post-surgery and are very grateful to their donor for their chance to live a normal life.