Ted and Mary Scercy thank God for Mary's new lungs while kneeling at the altar of a chapel inside UNC Memorial Hospital. "We fully rely on God," said Mary. "Alway have. Always will." (Photo by Courtney Potter)
Pat Reid, mother of Gerry Reid, weeps as she listens through a stethoscope to Mary Scercy breathing with Gerry's lungs. The families met for the first time in November. (Photo by Courtney Potter)
Mary Scercy embraces Pat Reid, mother of Gerry Reid, in an emotional first meeting at SECU Family House. Ted and Marcy Scercy met Reid's family to thank them for their generosity. (Photo by Courtney Potter)
One family’s tragedy, another’s blessing
Watch the amazing journey of Ted and Mary Scercy and how their lives intersected with a man they never knew but who saved their lives.
After years of smoking, Mary Scercy’s lungs were what her husband Ted calls “basically shot.” She needed a double-lung transplant. After Gerry Reid, Jr., died in a car accident, his lungs were donated for the surgery.
Two weeks after the transplant surgery in March 2010, Scercy walked out of UNC Hospitals to begin her new life.
They didn’t forget the SECU Family House, where they stayed while in Chapel Hill, and the support they received there. Ted Scercy says that the Family House is an “awesome place.”
Nor, did they forget Reid’s family and their grief. After writing to the family, the Scercys met them to hear about and share the positive stories that came from their tragedy.