Ingeborg McIntosh had to fight to adopt her son. Jordan was placed into her foster home when he was just a baby. For the next four years, Ingeborg would beg to adopt him. Jordan’s birthmother wanted him to be adopted by African-American or biracial parents, when none were available, it was clear Jordan was already where he belonged. When you see Jordan talk about Ingeborg, it becomes crystal clear how he feels about his mother: He can barely speak of her kindness without bursting into tears of gratitude.
“They placed him in my arms and it was love at first sight,” Ingeborg says. “He was a part of the family, no matter what.” Over two decades later when she became ill with polycystic kidney disease, the mom needed a kidney transplant. That’s when Jordan set his plan in motion without his mother ever finding out. He went and got tested to see if he was a match. He was.
“I feel like this was my calling in life, I guess,” said Jordan. “Hopefully I can do more for her as I get older, but for the moment, it’s the least I could do.” Ingeborg insisted that he didn’t have to undergo the invasive surgery, but Jordan had his mind made up.
“Everything she’s done for me since I was a kid, I just wanted to give it back to her, and show her how much I appreciate her,” Jordan says tearfully.
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