Melinda Ray was suffering from a genetic disease that was quickly destroying her liver. She had been trying to find a donor, but no one was working out. Her husband James told ABC News, "We had just had candidate after candidate being ruled out, and symptoms were progressing. They were progressing fast. The days were getting harder."

She was becoming increasingly desperate, unsure of how she would carry on. The mother of three made one last appeal to her Facebook friends, asking them to consider getting tested to be a match. All of her friends and family passed along her message, until one day a complete stranger saw the post.

Robin Ihnfeldt was friends with Melinda's sister and she heard that Ray was unable to find a donor. She told her husband, Jeff Bramstedt, about Ray's trouble and without hesitating he volunteered his own liver.

The former Navy SEAL's wife said, “He’s always been an amazing man. He hears bullets and he runs into these situations.”

The doctors warned him that it would be risky. "There’s a lot of things that can go wrong, including the risk of dying," Dr. Elizabeth Pomfret said. He had a lot to consider, but it didn't take him long to make his choice...

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