• Woman donates kidney to dad who adopted her 27 years ago

    By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    “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.”

    Those were the words Billy Houze said his daughter DeLauren McKnight told him after after she found out she was a kidney match for him, “Good Morning America” reported.

    Houze and his wife, Karen, adopted McKnight 27 years ago when she was just a baby.

    The father of five’s kidneys started shutting down after gallbladder surgery in 2016. Doctors had a grim outlook for the pastor. Houze wouldn’t live past five years without a transplant, but the list for organ donation was about seven years, according to “Good Morning America.”

    His sons were all tested, but none matched.

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    Then, on Feb. 1, his adopted daughter, McKnight, was tested and they were a match.

    “I never thought I would be a match because I was adopted,” McKnight told “Good Morning America.” “I got the call at work and I wanted him to be the first person that knew. I called and I said, ‘Daddy, I have to tell you something. I’m a match.’”

    The father and daughter hope to undergo surgery shortly, GMA reported.

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