By Kayla Carter
Stoney Creek resident Bobby Oliver, 65, was battling one of the most common life-threatening diseases — polycystic kidney disease, or PKD — before he finally came face-to-face with someone who had just what he was looking for — a rare blood type and rare goal in mind.
“The Lord sent her to me, and she is my angel,” Oliver said. “That’s the way I look at it.
“Everything just seemed like it would work out, and it did.”
And while at first it might seem serendipitous, it was literally, and figuratively, Destiny that came to Bobby Oliver’s rescue when she offered to give him one of her kidneys.
“None of it worked out for him until Destiny,” said Connie Oliver, Bobby’s wife.
Online was where Bobby was first able to get acquainted with Destiny Baker, who lives in Big Stone Gap, Va.
Her online profile told him that she lived closer than others who had previously offered to help – the process would require multiple trips – and had a compatible blood type.
To him, she was the perfect match.
However, Baker said she hadn’t originally created a profile on matchingdonors.com to donate an organ: “I had originally wanted to donate bone marrow,” she said.
It was her rare blood type — B negative — that prompted her to create a profile on the website in the first place.