As far as impromptu gestures go, it was pretty huge.
Close families exchange gifts, but Sandra Whipp cannot even begin to think how to repay her sister-in-law Christine for saving her son Bradley’s life by donating a kidney.
“It’s just so humbling to think someone would do that for you, especially when they have their own children,” says Sandra.
“She literally gave us another chance to be a proper family again.”
Sandra and her husband Brendon – Christine’s brother – are resilient, and have faced more life-changing news than most.
They didn’t know Bradley, their first child, had Down syndrome when he was born.
“We had a couple of hours of normality, then we felt like our world had crumbled,” says the 51-year-old Dunedin teacher.
Story written by Hayley McLarin, published by New Zealand’s Womens Weekly