Melody Nesbit concocted the plan when she was just nine years old. But it would take another nine years just to make it all a reality.
Her mom, Sarah, was in need of a new kidney. Ever since her second pregnancy 10 years earlier, health problems had been relentlessly plaguing her. But kids can't donate kidneys in elementary school. So Melody waited until she was 18—and got tested behind her mother's back. The results? A match.