Ingeborg McIntosh and her family have taken in 125 foster children over the years, but none of them quite won their hearts the way a little boy named Jordan did. As Ingeborg recalled, he was only a newborn when “they placed him in my arms and it was love at first sight.”
Ingeborg was eager to adopt Jordan, but there were the usual hoops to jump through. There was one more obstacle: his birth mother was adamant that he be adopted by an African-American or biracial family and Ingeborg was having an impossible time convincing her that the McIntosh family was where the boy really belonged. This tussle continued for four more years and all the while, no adoptive parents could be found for Jordan. Finally, everything got sorted out and Ingeborg was able to adopt him. “He was a part of the family, no matter what.”
More than 20 years after Jordan was adopted, he got an amazing opportunity to pay it forward. Ingeborg was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease and she was clearly going to need a kidney transplant. Jordan knew he couldn’t just stand by and do nothing while his mother suffered. Without telling her anything about his plans, he made an appointment to see if he was a match — and sure enough, he was! “I feel like this was my calling in life, I guess. Hopefully, I can do more for her as I get older, but for the moment, it’s the least I could do.”
Although Ingeborg tried to dissuade him, Jordan was determined to give her one of his kidneys. “Everything she’s done for me since I was a kid, I just wanted to give it back to her, and show her how much I appreciate her,” he says.
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