June 22, 2019

Positivity: He Saved Her 27 Years Ago, Now Her Kidney Donation Is Saving Him

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From North Carolina, via Liftable:

Published June 9, 2019 at 12:23am

When we imagine a hero, we might picture someone in a red cape with a giant “S” stitched on the front of their uniform.

Or, perhaps we’ve grown up a little and have come to realize that we encounter heroes every day. We only need to know where to look to find a worthy example.

When 64-year-old pastor Billy Houze adopted his daughter DeLauren McKnight in 1992, he had no idea just how deeply she would impact his life.

McKnight refers to Houze and his wife Karen simply as “mom” and “dad” — her heroes.

“I call him my Superman,” the 27-year-old told Good Morning America. “Without him and my mom, I wouldn’t have known where I’d be. There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t give him so he can enjoy life and be right there beside me.”

But something was threatening that hope: Billy was suffering from kidney failure.

According to GMA, Houze’s kidneys have been failing since 2016 following his gall bladder surgery. The prognosis didn’t look good and the father of 5 was only given as many years to live if he didn’t find a kidney donor.

Sadly, it turned out his sons were not matches and the transplant wait list was 7 years long.

But a call came on February 1, 2019, that would change the course of Houze’s future — McKnight was on the other end of the line.

When he learned a match had been found and that he would receive the kidney donation he desperately needed, he broke down into tears. Who would have guessed that his biological children couldn’t help him, but his adopted child could?

“I never thought I would be a match because I was adopted. I got the call at work and I wanted him to be the first person that knew,” McKnight shared with GMA.

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When she gave her dad the news, at first he misheard and thought McKnight was telling him she was “mad.” McKnight explained again she was a “match” and that’s when the tears began to flow from each of them.

“She told me, ‘Daddy, you thought you were saving my life pulling me from foster care but in actuality, you were saving my life so I could save yours later,’” Houze told GMA. “I am extremely proud of her.” …

Go here, to the external link included in the article, and coverage at Inside Edition for the full story.


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