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'We're kidney sisters': Woman donates a kidney to her husband's ex-wife
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Ten years after her first date with Jim Merthe, Debby Neal-Strickland, 56, and her beau were married at a Florida church. Two days later, she was on the operating table donating a kidney to his ex-wife, Mylaen Merthe, 59.

"She's a person and she needed a kidney and I had one. I was healthy enough to give it to her," Debby told "Good Morning America." "She's also the mother of my guy's kids and they were having their first two grandchildren."

Debby's act was a beautiful example of giving. However, in a world where relationships between people who've shared the same spouse are usually a bit tense, Debby is a saint.


Jim and Mylaen have been divorced for over two decades but got along well as they raised their two children. So when Mylaen entered the picture, the two women were friendly with one another but never too close.

However, their relationship has become a lot closer now that they share more than just family. The women now refer to each other as "kidney sisters." "[We] usually text every single day," Debby said. "We talk quite a bit."

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Before the transplant, Mylaen had long suffered from kidney disease. Her kidneys were functioning at just 8% and she appeared pale with dark circles under her eyes. She was due to become a grandmother and Debby couldn't stand the idea of her not being there for her daughter and the new arrival.

I just couldn't not try to change that," she said according to Fox News. "God told me, 'You're a match and you need to do this.'"

Debby was also compelled to help all she could because she spent years waiting for her brother with cystic fibrosis to get a lung transplant. "When somebody needs an organ, if they don't get it, they're probably not going to make it. I know it's something that you do quickly," she said.

After months of testing and delays caused by the covid-19 pandemic, the transplant was successful. Once Debby regained consciousness after the surgery, all she could think about was Mylaen. "`I need to see her.' That was the first thing out of my mouth."

Debby could see the difference in Mylaen's appearance almost immediately. "She looked so alive and revitalized," she said.

Even though the three of them were wearing masks there was no mistaking the incredible emotion they all felt after the surgery. "We had our masks on too, so we're crying, and of course our stomachs were hurting because of the incisions," Mylaen said. "We kinda laughed and cried."

After the surgery, Mylaen moved in with her daughter to recuperate. The kidney sisters can't wait to see each other at a big family reunion in Georgia this summer.

"This is what the world is about. Family. We need to stick together," Mylaen said. "She saved my life."

"I have a lot of love for her," Mylaen added. "She's a family member."

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

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Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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