POW: Andy Younger gives the gift of life

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FLINT (WJRT) - (04/05/17) - It was a Facebook posting by a friend in Philadelphia that caught the attention of Andy Younger's wife.

"He was at the point where it was becoming life threatening," Younger said.

His friend, Marty, was suffering from Polycystic Kidney Disease. It's a genetic disease that causes cysts to grow inside the kidneys, making them much larger than they should be and damaging the tissue.

"His kidney's went from four ounces, which is a normal size of a kidney to about 10 pounds each," Younger said.

His only hope for living was a kidney transplant. Younger felt compelled to help.

"There are so many times in our lives where we do have those opportunities and it's easy to not take them. I just couldn't stop thinking, 'So if I do nothing and something bad happens to my friend, I will live with that,'" he said.

With his wife's blessings, Younger decided to give his friend the gift of life by donating his kidney.

"I just couldn't stop thinking about him not being able to raise his kids and his kids not being able to grow up with a father," he said.

The decision to save the life of one father became difficult for Younger as he was coming to grips with the possibility of losing his own father.

"I had to have a conversation with my friend to say this is not going to be able to happen until after something more conclusive happens with my father, whether he passes away or he gets better," Younger said.

Younger's dad passed away in January.

"So I've sorta been given this freedom knowing, with sort of knowing, what's happened with my father, so here is an opportunity for me to act...it made it a little more difficult because I was still grieving, my family was still grieving," Younger said.

The transplant surgery took place on March 7 at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Both are making a remarkable recovery.

Younger doesn't consider himself a hero, just one person trying to make the world a better place.

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