Foster mother Ingeborg McIntosh describes the first time she held Jordan in her arms as “love at first sight” and fought tirelessly to adopt him. Little did she know, he would return that love with equal fervor when she needed it most.
When you hear about stories in which someone “pays it forward,” the kind gesture is usually something small, such as buying a meal for a stranger. The size of the deed doesn’t necessarily dictate how meaningful it is, but in this case, paying it forward literally saved a life.
According to KPHO, Phoenix resident McIntosh has fostered over 120 children, but the instant connection she formed with her adopted son led her to welcome him into her family permanently — despite his birth mother’s wishes that he be placed in an African American or biracial home if possible. The adoption was finalized when he was 4, though McIntosh had already considered Jordan a member of the family since he was fostered at birth.
Then 27 years after their fateful meeting, McIntosh fell ill with polycystic kidney disease, and in the summer of 2013 learned she would need a kidney transplant. Unbeknownst to her, her son had already confirmed he was a match and was willing to donate a kidney and save her life. He explains in the video below, “I feel like this was my calling in life … I can do more for her as I get older, but as of right now, it’s the least I could do.”
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