'It was meant to be.' Best friends share story of their remarkable connection
Reporter: Rikki Mitchell
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - When Hannah Cramer met Candice Kincaid five years ago in high school, she never imagined they'd become best friends, let alone that she would save her life.
"I feel like it was meant to be in a sense," says Cramer. "That God planned it for it to happen this way."
The girls met during sophomore year. But it wasn't until a junior year math class that their friendship really began.
"I would start to tell her more about my life and things like that," says Kincaid. "And we shared the same kind of crush at the time, so it was amazing how much we had in common."
Then during her first year of college, Candice began showing symptoms of kidney failure.
"I wasn't feeling great at all," she says. "I wasn't keeping food down, I was sleeping a lot, feeling very fatigued and something wasn't right with my body I could tell."
It was Hannah who took her to the emergency room. And Hannah who stepped up to save her life.
"I prayed about it and I thought I'm going to do it, I just felt very sure about it," she says.
Not only do the girls share the same blood type, but they are a perfect match for organ donation. A miracle, to say the least.
"I had faith that I would be a cross match," says Cramer. "But then to find out test by test that it was perfect, it was just a confirmation from God that it was supposed to happen that way."
From complete strangers to best friends, and now...
"We call each other kidney sisters," says Cramer.
And they will always share that bond.
"I think we'll be even closer," says Cramer. "It's quite the journey but I think it will bring us even closer and our friendship will just continue to grow throughout the years. And I think we do share something really special, a unique connection."