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Elderly Woman's Life Saved After She Gets Liver Donation from Granddaughter's Boyfriend


A 26-year-old man from Michigan selflessly donated part of his healthy liver to save the life of his girlfriend’s grandmother, who suffers from a genetic liver disease.

Cody Corwin, 26, was upset when he realized just how much 71-year-old Bernice Ramsey was suffering and in need of a liver transplant.

He knew that Ramsey lived with a liver condition, but in Aug. 2018, when she slipped into a coma, Corwin understood the severity of her situation.

Corwin has been dating Ramsey’s grandddaughter, Shelby Platt, for three years. Over the years, he had come to know and love Shelby’s family as his own.

Knowing that nobody else in the family was a match, Corwin took it upon himself to find out if he could become Ramsey’s organ donor. Corwin was a perfect match, and he joyfully, unrelentingly, decided to plunge ahead with the decision to have organ transplant surgery.

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“It’s never been a matter of if I was going to do it; it was a matter of when I was going to do it,” Corwin told Inside Edition.

Corwin said that Shelby and her family asked him to carefully consider the decision before moving forward, but Corwin did not feel the need to deliberate.

Corwin knew what needed to be done, and went ahead and scheduled the surgery.

“She’s a very sweet lady,” Corwin said. “Knowing that I could help her in any way, I just knew I was going to do it. When the bell rings, you answer the door.”

Corwin and Ramsey had transplant surgery on Feb. 25. and are continuing to heal from the procedure.

Ramsey, who also has diabetes, is still recovering from the surgery, but Corwin said so far, the transplant has been a success.

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“I was never really nervous for my health,” he said. “I was nervous that her body was going to reject the liver, but the liver’s in her, it’s working.”

“I am speechless,” Shelby Platt told Good Morning America. “For him to step up and do something for someone I love so much — I just love him so much more for it.”

“When she got sick I got really selfish because I kept thinking about her missing my wedding. He saved her life and I’m forever thankful.”

“Her grandma, every time she sees me, she lights up,” Corwin said. “She’s calling me her superhero.”

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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