Adopted daughter to save father s life with kidney transplant
|bbc.com 15 Mar 2019 at 09:36|
A woman in North Carolina will soon donate her kidney to the man who adopted her 27 years ago, saving his life in a surprising twist of fate.
Mr Houze s kidneys began failing in 2016. Doctors said he would not survive past five years without a transplant.
None of the 64-year-old pastor s other family members had been a match.
Speaking on Good Morning America on Friday, Mr Houze, a father to five children, said he was "extremely proud" of his daughter.
"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. "
The Baptist pastor began suffering kidney failure following a gall bladder surgery in 2016. When none of his relatives were donor matches, doctors said it could take him seven years to get a kidney.
Then, in February, they tested Ms McKnight, who Mr Houze and his wife adopted in 1992 - and she was a perfect match.
When Ms McKnight told him the unexpected news, she said her father broke down in tears.
In 1992, God sent us an angel that we could not have seen then. We took custody of her in an attempt to save her life...