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It's really the story of a humble hero who travels thousands of miles.
To give the ultimate gift.
The rhythm and hum of the machine is actually the sound Terry Phillips survival Tuesday Thursday Saturday -- -- runs almost four hours.
The 62 year old this cruising through life feeling healthy until he shocked by diagnosis.
-- about pressure and many years ago and I never knew it was happening until it was too late.
My body just adapted to the kidney failure that high blood pressures were silent killer and it can -- -- Now as a machine does the job but Terry's kidneys filter in the toxins out of his blood.
He know it doesn't get a kidney transplant this is a lifelong sentence.
-- -- -- -- -- -- That's I'll work for my last memories of can be really hobbies are whining daughter Erica watches her dead deteriorate her only peace comes from her plan to help.
You -- my kidney you know I've I've cancer treatment -- no problem.
He can have my kidney my mom wanted to donate to she's now we have to -- and attached no problem on -- your -- -- Arguing over who in an interview I wanna save them and how him.
And -- I was awful to be told that he can't do anything devastated by the news that neither she nor.
Her mom to donate.
Erica calls -- close family friend who was moved from Michigan to Arizona.
And that phone call brings new hope.
My daughter was -- and her friend in Arizona.
-- and her husband said.
Don't -- Terry is overwhelmed.
34 year old violence sticky it's a distant family acquaintance.
As soon as I found out here match I wanted to do right away.
And didn't want it sit there and and one of the.
It's always smiling -- is again and -- -- it was a neighborhood kid in high school.
-- seventeen -- lost his own death the when he heard the fear and hear his voice he felt compelled to help.
But -- off the hero.
If I can.
And the family -- particularly.
Do a remarkable thing for instance I guess that that there nor.
Is the hero to enjoy.
Usually actually will remove the left kidney because the -- -- -- a little bit longer the University of Michigan transplant surgeon -- sons his kidneys are the most.
-- -- -- -- -- I'm living donors living donor transplants are likely to last longer.
-- transplants from deceased donor but even.
As important if not more as they don't have to wait for a transplant they can get it now that the success rate -- -- living donor kidney transplant in 97%.
The concern is making sure the risks are very clear we can't predict that somebody might not get a commission.
Like high blood pressure or diabetes.
That might put them at risk for kidney disease later in life and that's especially true for someone like -- -- pretty young.
-- had no idea -- in the sand celebrating his daughter's wedding.
Years later the young man at the other end did.
Another reason to celebrate when you think -- components more than.
Can say things you know.
Can give him a hug when you say.
He's a big guy.
Part two of our story takes you inside the operating -- see how that transplant happens.
And find out what it was like when Ryan and -- see each other for the first time after their surgeries.
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