Gift of Life: What happens when religious and racial differences disappear

Carol McCloud and Abdul-Kareem Salahuddin.
Photo credit Cherri Gregg/KYW Newsradio
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — On the surface, Carol McCloud and Abdul-Kareem Salahuddin have little in common. She's Irish Catholic, he's a devout Muslim. She's white, he's African American. But after tragedy brought them together, the duo realized they are the same on the inside.

In August 2014, Salahuddin lay on his death bed. Diagnosed with hepatitis C decades before, his condition had deteriorated to a level where he needed a liver transplant or he would die.

"Most of my friends had that look in their eye, like 'Ah, he's not going to make it,'" said Salahuddin.

At the same time, McCloud sat by her son Ryan's hospital bed. 

"He was my angel on earth," she said. 

Her son had suffered an epileptic seizure and spent many days in the hospital. But when she got word that Ryan was brain dead, her faith kept her focused on helping others.