South Mississippi Woman Donates Kidney to Oklahoma Man

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A South Mississippi woman is recovering after donating her kidney to a man she had never even met face-to-face before.

Anna Cannington is returning to South Mississippi after traveling to Oklahoma to donate her kidney to a Tulsa man. The transplant recipient, 43-year-old Dustin Rippetoe, is also recovering and thankful for the successful kidney transplant that would not have happened if not for the kindness of Cannington, a resident and South Mississippi business owner.

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Cannington says she saw a story on the local news about someone donating a kidney to a stranger and that motivated her to contact Rippetoe, who she knew through online strength training websites.

The transplant is now complete and so far, so good. Rippetoe is overwhelmed by Cannington’s selfless sacrifice and credits her with saving his life and allowing him a new lease on life with his family and young son.

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Payton Malone grew up in the small town of Archer City, Texas before moving to Norman, Oklahoma where he attended the University of Oklahoma. During his time at OU he interned as a meteorologist at KOCO in Oklahoma City where he experienced all types of weather ranging from tornadoes, flooding and winter storms. Payton received his Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Minor in Meteorology. Payton's interest in weather began at the very young age of six after a local broadcast meteorologist talked to his class about preparing for severe weather. That along with growing up in the middle of Tornado Alley, Payton has been hooked to the weather ever since. He is excited to move to the Gulf Coast and start a new adventure away from the plains. He loves venturing around the area finding new coffee shops, local places to eat, and he looks forward to being involved in the communities on the Mississippi coast. You can follow Payton on social media: Facebook: @paytonmalonewx Twitter: @paytonmalonewx Instagram: @paytoncmalone