When Ingeborg McIntosh first laid her eyes on Jordan, she instantly knew that he was the one. She had been looking to adopt a son, and Jordan was everything she was looking for.
McIntosh says, “They placed him in my arms and it was love at first sight. He was a part of the family, no matter what.”
However, there was one problem. Jordan’s birthparents wanted him to be adopted by African-American or biracial parents, and McIntosh did not fit that criteria. For the next four years, she begged Jordan’s birthparents to let her adopt him. Finally, after not having success, they relented.
In the video below, you will hear Jordan talk about his love and gratefulness for McIntosh. It’s clear how this adopted song feels about his loving mother. He can hardly speak about her kindness and care without breaking down into tears.
Over the next two decades, the two would live a wonderful life, but then McIntosh was diagnosed with a polycystic kidney disease. She was in need of a kidney transplant, and time was running out to find a donor. Jordan immediately saw this as an opportunity to help his mother. Without telling her, he got tested to see if he was a match.
Jordan says, “I feel like this was my calling in life, I guess. Hopefully I can do more for her as I get older, but for the moment, it’s the least I could do.”
When McIntosh found out what Jordan planned on doing, she immediately objected. She insisted that he did not have to do this, but Jordan had already set the plan in motion.
“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”