INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — We are always told a family that prays together stays together. Well it seems the same can be said for a family that donates together.
"I feel good. I feel amazed at how well I feel," Alec Gray and his 61-year-old father told their Doctor at the IU Health Medical Transplant Center.
One week has passed since Alec Gray and his father Gary brought their relationship full circle.
Father gives life, son gives it back.
"I am a transplant patient. I have received a kidney transplant from my son Alec Gray," Gary said.
It sounds easy enough, but it wasn't for them.
"We do have weight criteria for our living donors. You put on your form 5 feet 10 inches, 255 pounds," the voicemail message from the transplant center on Alec's phone said. The message was blunt.
If you want to donate your kidney to your father you will need to lose at least ten pounds.
"I dropped about 40-45 pounds," Alec said. "The first 15 was about a month and a half."
"He's told to lose 15 pounds, and he loses 40. Now that is amazing. That is hard to do," Dr. Asif Sharfuddin said.
"Greatest gift in the world. That's all I can say," Gary added.
Gary had already undergone a kidney transplant in 2001 and a pancreas transplant in 2005.
This donating seems to run in the family. Alec's mom had donated one of her kidneys to a co-worker.
"This is a unique situation. I was just telling all of them here have one functioning kidney. Very unique," Dr. Sharfuddin.
Alec said his work has been very understanding.
"They had a going away party for my kidney. They wanted to make sure I'd be back at work soon," Alec said.
He also received a prestigious Kidney of the Wabash. You see Alec works as the digital media director for Henry Holcomb, Governor Eric Holcomb's dog.
"They made me a special, as far as I know, the first Kidney of the Wabash," Alec said. "It's hanging on my wall at the office. I am very proud of it."
Alec's dad is very proud of him and the two are already joking with each other about it all.
"You have to be nice to me or I'm taking that thing back," Alec told his dad.
For more information on becoming a living donor, click here.