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Second Chance At Life Comes From Tragic Fire

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SALISBURY, Md.-For three years, Phillip Sellers has been waiting for a new liver for his wife.

"The doctors all said she needs a liver transplant but ya know according to the transplant standards she's not sick enough," Sellers said.

But Linda Sellers was sick enough to spend at least two or three weeks a year in the hospital when she wasn't working at PRMC as a nurse. "It's especially hard on Linda because she puts on a good face when she goes out in public," he said.

Everything changed after a tragic fire in Princess Anne last week. Unfortunately Ed Ritter passed away from the injuries he sustained in the house fire but his family remembered their friend Linda Sellers needed help.

"They got close with Linda and learned that she was sick and gonna need a new liver at some point," Sellers said.

So the Ritter family donated Ed's organs and designated his liver to go to Linda if it was a match.

"Not until about 3a.m. Saturday morning, we got a call from the University of Maryland Medical Center, 'we have a liver for you, come get it.'" Sellers said.

The Sellers say they will be forever thankful. 'Without Peggy and Wendy remembering Linda, ya know we wouldn't be talking today," Phillip Sellers said. "There's just so many things that came together, it's truly amazing."

Next, the healing process begins for Linda Sellers.

"She's recovering very well, but she's still got a long road to go but she is recovering very well," her husband said. "She was up walking yesterday, two days after the surgery."

A new life begins after a tragedy.
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