Fellow Tri-Valley employee answers Brian Merce’s prayers


By writer to www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com


God instructed Betsy Ritchie she was a match after months of prayer

DRESDEN – A Tri-Valley Excessive College instructor’s seek for a kidney donor formally ended this week after he discovered his match.

Or slightly, the match discovered him. 

Brian Merce, who teaches agricultural research, was recognized with kidney illness 4 years in the past. It is since progressed to stage 5, and final 12 months he shortly discovered he’d want a residing donor.

Living donor will be Brian Merce’s savior

Tri-Valley High School teacher Brian Merce now on the kidney transplant waiting list

His donor is Tri-Valley coworker Betsy Ritchie, a speech pathologist at Dresden Elementary. She visited him after faculty this week to disclose the excellent news.

Nevertheless it got here as a whole shock to Brian and his spouse Courtney, who had been urged to drive to the college that afternoon. That they had no thought this lady whom they did not know had been planning for months to turn into Brian’s donor.

“I am a crier by nature, everybody I do know can attest to that,” Brian stated of his awestruck response that afternoon. “(This time) I simply did not know the right way to course of it.”

What some would possibly name a coincidence, the Merces name a miracle after years of religion, prayer and never giving up.

“(I instructed Betsy) each evening, now we have been praying for you,” Courtney stated. “We did not know we had been praying for you, however we have been praying that God would put together the donor.”

After Betsy first found Brian wanted a kidney final 12 months, she despatched him an e mail requesting extra details about the kidney donation. Brian stated he did not assume a lot of it on the time.

Betsy stated the digital interplay was adopted by months of praying, questioning if she might be a match, and if she may give her kidney to a sensible stranger. It was when she noticed an article in the Times Recorder about Brian’s journey final summer time that she knew she had to assist.

She stated God instructed her she was a match, so after clearing all of the genetic testing, it did not come as a shock to her.

“I knew earlier than Ohio State knew,” she stated. “God already instructed me it was me. I already knew, I used to be simply ready for (Wexner Middle) to place it on paper.”

Wanting ahead to the longer term

Betsy has yet another spherical of routine pre-surgery testing on March 22. Brian joked if she’s prepared for the transplant that afternoon, so is he.

In all chance although, he’ll get his surgical procedure a couple of month after her closing appointment.

Meaning Brian may have a brand new kidney as early as April.

And it is a very long time coming. Kidney illness and dialysis are bodily and emotionally draining, so Brian cannot do the identical actions he used to.

He spent months on medical depart earlier than he acquired his COVID vaccine, and was already taking a backseat at his management position at Tri-Valley’s Future Farmers of America chapter.

“It isn’t solely good to be again right here with the youngsters and to have one thing to do, but it surely’s the place I am speculated to be,” Brian stated. “It is good to be right here doing what I am meant to do.”

Going below the knife will not be straightforward. Brian stated he takes solace that the Wexner surgeon is world-renowned and that the employees is skilled.

“And in accordance with Fb, I’ve acquired hundreds of individuals praying for me, which is nice,” he added. 

Nevertheless it’ll be value it for Brian. A self-described fisherman, he by no means took the fishing poles out of his truck final 12 months.

“I instructed my dad, we will fish a lot this summer time you are going to say ‘Alright that is sufficient,'” he stated.

What’s subsequent for Brian? He hopes to go to Florida to fish with a good friend, go to an Eric Church live performance with Betsy, and turn into a foster guardian alongside Courtney.

“I really feel like our life can lastly begin,” Courtney stated, including that sometime the couple hopes to have a toddler of their very own.

“Brian’s at all times stated, whoever the donor is will at all times have a spot at our desk,” she stated. “Betsy will at all times have a spot at our desk.”

You may observe Brian’s transplant progress on his Fb web page, Brian’s Journey to a New Kidney.



Twitter: @erinccouch

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