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'That's my gift to him': How a casual conversation turned into a life-saving friendship

Brian Doran said Larry Adams changed his life for the better and he wanted to return the favor.

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Larry Adams never imagined that striking up a conversation with an elevator repairman at his job would one day turn into a chance to save his life.

But that's exactly what happened.

Adams, who works at a homeless shelter in Philadelphia, remembers the first day he spoke to Brian Doran — a conversation that started their friendship.

Doran eventually learned that Adams was in need of a kidney transplant and that they were the same blood type.

"(Doran) knew that I was on dialysis so I told him that my daughter wanted to give me a kidney, but they wouldn't let her because she was too young. She was 21 years old," Adams told KYW.

On the same day Adams' doctor said he was the perfect candidate for a transplant, Doran called with more good news: he wanted to see if he could be Adams' donor.

"I was just blown away," Adams said.

Doran said Adams changed his life for the better and he wanted to return the favor.

"He's never asked me for anything, except coats to help others. So in my phone it says, Larry Adams, helping others. Because that's all he does. He's given me a gift to be a better person. I'm going to keep him on this earth as long as I can."