WTNH– Twenty four-year-old Alison Cubbellotti is alive today because of a good Samaritan. At the age of 9 she was diagnosed with a liver disease that only ends with a transplant or death.
She was getting sicker and sicker as a sophomore at Sacred Heart University. A plea went out from her mother to try and save her after no matches were found and it turned out a 21-year-old Sacred Heart student, a stranger, stepped up and saved her life.
She talked about meeting John Vales.
“When he was being discharged, he asked to meet me and so my nurse coordinator came running into my room just beaming and I’m like what’s up, I don’t know why they’re acting like this and they said your donor wants to meet you. I said okay cool, like when, and they said right now and being a 20-year-old girl at the time, I said ‘well I didn’t do my hair, I didn’t put my contacts in, where’s my makeup. I didn’t even write a speech, what am I going to say to him.’ I could see him outside the door right then putting on a gown and gloves to come into my room. He was in a wheel chair and I was like mom, I don’t know what to say to him and she’s like I don’t really know either. Because how do you say thank you, thank you doesn’t seem like enough to somebody who saved your life so he comes in the room with his parents and I almost couldn’t even look him in the face because I was so emotional and thankful that I was meeting the person who saved my life and we sort of held hands and everyone cried. Our parents hugged and that was the story of an amazing relationship that I cherish to this day,” said Cubbellotti.
The two have several pictures together including at graduation where he walked with her.
When asked what she said to him when he walked into the room, Cubbellotti said, ” I don’t even remember because it was almost like an out of body experience. It was so surreal. I was just in amazement that I was meeting this person. This amazing person that didn’t even know me that was choosing to give up a piece of his body to a stranger to save them.”
Vales said because he has a sister, he would hope that somebody would do the same for her if she got sick.
Amanda and John continue to stay in touch, but he never wanted credit for his selfless act. Amanda is now nurse at Yale-New Haven Hospital.