A Florida woman recovering from organ transplants came up with a bright idea to fix her power problem in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma: a “hot single female” sign in her yard.
Kynse Leigh, 37, was in a Tampa hospital after the kidney and pancreas operation when Irma knocked out electricity at her Fort Myers home.
On Sunday, the real estate agent and mother of one set up a sign with hot-pink letters reading: “Hot single female seeks lineman to electrify her life.”
Leigh posted her message on Facebook, where it quickly went viral and sparked attention from local linemen, who scurried Monday to restore her power.
“It worked everybody!!!!” the elated woman posted along with a photo of two utility workers standing behind her sign, on which they wrote: “Power on due to your PPL lineman.” Utility workers from Pennsylvania Power & Light have been among those restoring juice to hurricane-stricken Floridians, according to the Times News.
“I just got word my power is on!!!!! Wahooooo! Thank you to the lineman that hooked it up! They even left me a note! They heard me from the radio this morning discussing my recent organ transplants! I’m so blessed! Thank you!!!”
Leigh told the Daily Mail on Tuesday that she decided to put up the sign after she found out it could take up to two weeks to get her power back.
“After Hurricane Charlie, I spent two weeks without power but coming out of an organ transplant it’s a little more difficult,” she said. “The heat makes me sick and just being in a clean environment is so important. You can’t keep your home clean and keep germs out without power.”
Leigh, who has diabetes, was diagnosed with stage five kidney failure in October. She had been on the organ donor list for 100 days when she underwent the transplant Aug. 31.
When Irma struck Sept. 8, she was hospitalized again because of a complication and later moved to a friend’s house before coming up with the idea for the sign Sunday.
“Now, I’m back home and I got to sleep in my own bed last night for the first time since August 30th, which was absolutely amazing,” she told the Daily Mail.
On Tuesday, she posted a picture of her organ donor, Elijah Mayhew.
“Eli saved 6 lives by donating 8 organs when he passed away at the very young age of 15 years old,” Leigh wrote on Facebook.
“Eli had dreams of becoming a surgeon and was a loving young man that would give the shirt off his back and help anyone in need,” she continued. “His mother did not think twice about donating his organs to those in need and I am forever grateful and blessed that in their time of sorrow they thought of how many lives could be saved.”
Leigh asked for readers to help Eli’s family with their medical bills and funeral costs.
“This young man saved my life and 5 others including a 16 year old girl that had been waiting for a heart transplant for many years,” she wrote. “Please share this post and help me raise funds for the family.”
A GoFundMe page for Eli had raised $1,875 of its goal of $2,000 by Tuesday afternoon.
“There are 140,000 people on the organ transplant waiting list in America. It’s very, very important to spread the message,” she said.
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