Atlanta Hooters waitress donates kidney to loyal customer

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ATLANTA – One loyal Hooters customer says he comes back for the service, not the food. His loyalty has rewarded him with a new kidney.

Server Mariana hasn’t worked there long, according to 11 Alive.

“Mariana had only been here a short time,” Thomas said. “I just barely knew her when she made the offer.”

Mariana said she felt the need to donate after her grandmother had recently passed of kidney failure.

“I wasn’t able to do anything for my grandma,” Mariana said, “If [Don] can live two more years, happy as he’s ever been, that’s fine with me. That’s not up to me. I did my part, now it’s God’s turn to keep him alive.”

Mariana said that she hopes this will inspire others to donate too.

Both Don and Mariana went into surgery Friday morning and are doing well.

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