GREEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - An accused porch pirate stole several packages from porches in Green and Miami townships, and one of the boxes contained a kidney donor testing kit, the potential recipient said.
Andrew Felix, 27, faces two counts of theft and several counts of receiving stolen property. Green Township Police identified him over the weekend from video captured by home surveillance cameras. Police said Felix confessed to stealing the packages, which were found in his home.
Many of them contained household items, clothing and Christmas gifts. But one of the boxes left on a porch in Green Township contained the kidney donor testing kit. It was on the porch of Emily Kraft's cousin's home. He was going to be tested to see if he could donate his kidney to her.
"I'm hopefully going to identify a donor soon. I don't know," Kraft said Monday from her Dayton-area home.
Kraft was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease on Sept. 28. She said she had no obvious signs of the disease. She has quickly progressed from Stage 4 to Stage 5 in the last month.
"It definitely turned my life upside down in about a month for sure," Kraft said.
Family and friends have offered to be tested to donate a kidney to Kraft to save her life. She said it's been difficult learning the process of navigating the insurance and medical protocols. She's taking several medications and starts dialysis next week. Having the kidney donor testing kit stolen delayed seeing whether her cousin was a match.
"It never occurred to me that somebody might take some of the testing supplies off of the porch of a potential donor, so it was just one more delay. It was a slap in the face," Kraft said.
Kraft's cousin has ordered a new testing kit, and she's using Facebook to spread the word about organ donation and her need for a donor. Finding a match would be a Christmas miracle that no Grinch could steal.
"You can never have too many people getting checked," Kraft said. "It is really difficult to find a good match because it has to be a good quality match."