The Organ Donor
by Gary R. Hoffman
“Unfortunately, there is no mistake,” Rhonda said, closing the file. “Dan is not the biological father of your son Eric.”
“The tests don’t lie, Adina. Dan is not Eric’s biological father. He’s not only not the best donor, he would be one of the worst. There’s is no compatibility between them at all.”
Adina covered her face with her hands and began crying. After a few seconds,she managed to say, “I guess this just confirms what I’ve always suspected.“
“I’m sorry, Adina.”
Adina pulled a tissue from her purse and wiped her eyes. “You can’t tell Dan about this. It‘ll kill him.”
“Okay, I can probably make up some story about why he can’t be the donor, but that doesn’t give us a kidney. Yours are weak, so we can’t use one of them. What we really need is the biological father. He‘s Eric’s best chance of living. We need to test his kidneys. One of Eric’s kidneys has shut down completely,and the other is failing. If you want to save his life, we need to contact his biological father. He’ll be able to give Eric the gift of life.“
“I can’t do that,” Adina said, and started to cry again.
“If you want to save your son, you have to.” She paused. “Is Eric the product of an affair?“
“Oh, God. Yes. A one–night fling. Something that never should have happened. Dan went hunting for the weekend, and the man’s wife was out of town.”
“Do you know where the father is now?”
“Yes,” Adina muttered.
“Look, forget that you’re talking to me as a friend. Try to think of me as just your doctor. Will you give me a name so I can contact this man? It doesn’t matter who gets hurt here. Eric comes first.“
“This is going to ruin so many things,” Adina sobbed.
“I’m sorry,” Rhonda said, “but you do realize everything you tell me is confidential, right?”
“Yes, I know.” Adina looked up with pleading in her eyes. “Remember this is the only way I can save my son. Eric’s father is… Walt. Your husband.“
Gary R. Hoffman: twenty-five years as a teacher. Twenty-seven years as author of almost five hundred short stories.
Our Reader said:
Nice dialogue and a not so nice ending! Would love to see this expand to find out what happens next.