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Cincinnati man donates the gift of life

CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Some people are driven by instincts,  sense of what's right and wrong; author Rick Greene is one of those people.

What Greene chose to do saved a man's life.  And as he told a transplant surgeon in Los Angeles, "That's how we are in Cincinnati." 

Marvin Gaye's soulful voice made Motown famous in the sixties.  His son, Marvin Gaye III, was still working on that soulful voice thing because earlier this year he had more pressing concerns, kidney failure.  He went on Entertainment Tonight with his nurse looking for a donor.  Colerain Township's Rick Greene had just turned on his TV.

Greene had tried to donate a kidney locally but was never a match.  This time the devout Christian and author of spirit books knew he was.

"God spoke to my soul and said, 'Help him,'" Greene said.

Four days of testing in L.A brought doctors the results for Marvin Gaye, his wife and Rick and Stephanie Greene.

"They told me what God already told me in Cincinnati, 'You're a perfect match,'" remembered Greene.

Before the surgery transplant doctors asked Rick why he was doing it.

"He said people don't do that in L.A.,  I said, 'I don't know what to tell you, I'm not from L.A.'"

Soul turned out to mean different things to different people. Marvin Gaye had it.  Marvin Gaye Junior, with the gift of life from Cincinnati, has more time to find it.

Rick Greene said he heard from Marvin Gaye III once since he got back three weeks ago.  Greene said he's OK with that.

Entertainment Tonight is scheduled to air a pre-recorded follow up story on Local 12 on July 11 at 7:30p.m.
Rick Greene's spirit books are available on the Barnes and Noble website.

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