Amazing: Adopted son gives mom a kidney

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PHOENIX, AZ (KPHO) — She welcomed him into her home from the day he was born and now, 27 years later, her adopted son is paying it forward just in time for Mother’s Day.

More than 120 foster children have passed through the McIntosh home, but few stole their hearts quite like Jordan McIntosh.

“They placed him in my arms and it was love at first sight,” said Ingeborg McIntosh. She said she had to fight to adopt Jordan McIntosh after fostering him since birth.

“She wanted him to go either into an African American home or a biracial home,” Ingeborg McIntosh said of his birth mother.

No other homes were available, and the adoption became final when Jordan McIntosh was 4 years old.

“He was a part of the family, no matter what,” Ingeborg McIntosh said.

But she became sick with poly-cystic kidney disease and last summer, and she knew she’d need a transplant. What she didn’t know is that Jordan McIntosh was already confirming that he was a match.

“I feel like this was my calling in life, I guess,” said Jordan McIntosh. “Hopefully I can do more for her as I get older, but for the moment, it’s the least I could do.”

“I kept telling him almost up until the story, you can back up, and he said, ‘No mom, I want to do this for you,”‘ said Ingeborg McIntosh. “‘You took me in and now I want to do this for you.’ I can’t ask for a better son.”

The surgery went off without a hitch last month. Jordan McIntosh said that after his mom fought so hard to keep him around, he’s happy he could return the favor.

“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,” Jordan McIntosh said.

He said he also hopes by sharing his story, people will see it’s never too late to pay it forward.

“It might be immediately, or 27 years down the line, but something good is going to come your way,” he said.

The Native New Yorker at 10220 W. McDowell Rd. will have a fundraiser for the McIntosh family on Wednesday to help with medical bills.


  • Steven Sweeney

    Glad to see somebody gets health care in Arizona. If she was a vet, she would have been buried by now. Glad her son stepped up. Now if only Obama would step up for our vets.

    • Jill Renshaw

      How sad that Steven Sweeney feels the need to interject partisan whorish politics into EVERYTHING that happens!

      For your information, the problems at the VA have NOTHING to do with anything that Obama has done or changed at that agency in his time in office. It has EVERYTHING to do with the WARS OF CHOICE entered into, gleefully, by Bush/Cheney and the entire GOP establishment, in the last administration, but who were then to freaking COWARDLY to fund that agency fully to cover the needs of the young men and women who fought those wars.

      And YES, the current crop of Republiwhores are just as bad, DEMANDING cuts to the VA’s funding even as they take tragic stories about the VA and try to use it against Obama.

      You should be ashamed of yourself. But I know you’re not. Because being a rightie nowadays means having NO SHAME.

  • elena

    I’m glad that they have a happy ending, however, I find it very upsetting that the wishes of the birth mother were not at all respected – she gave that child life, and her single wish should have been respected. They should have found him a mixed-race home if the mother had wanted it.

    • aimes

      If the child was in foster care he was likely there because he had to be & in those situations it’s almost always because the birth parents are doing something wrong & the child had been taken away. If a woman is planning to put her child up for adoption willingly it’s usually done thru a private organization. Bottom line if you’re child is taken away you have no rights to dictate where the child goes… and if you truly cared for your child you would simply want your child to be in a loving home not dependent on race.

      FYI I am Caucasian & my husband is African American & our daughters are both Caucasian luckily the state wanted them placed in a happy loving home & not a white one!

  • Oriana Giudici

    The fact that the race of a family should matter at all in the choosing of it shows how far we still have to go when it comes to being racist. Let no one kid you, the United States of America is about as racist as ever!

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