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Starbucks Barista Helped Saved A Customer's Life With A Kidney Donation

Starbucks barista Nicole McNeil has spoken many times before with longtime customer Vince Villano. One day last year, she sat down the 41-year-old after noticing his gloomy mood. What McNeil didn't know was that this conversation would lead to a year long journey that ended with a kidney donation.

McNeil's husband Justin saved Villano's life by donating his kidney to him.

In January of 2017, the longtime customer shared with his barista that he was suffering from polycystic kidney disease. When he had this conversation, his kidney's were only functioning at 4% of what they were supposed to be.

After their conversation, Justin immediately said "‘I've got a kidney, you know, we could do this. I think I'm willing to do that."

By some miracle, Justin and Villano were a match for the donation! The two have also become close friends and Villano said that  "In general, having them as friends, family, I wouldn't want it to not be this way. I can't imagine not having them in my life.”

The two have already completed the donation and surgery and reportedly look great!

Stories like this give us all hope.

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