INDEPENDENCE, MO. (CBS St. Louis) – One man really does want to give the “gift of life” this holiday season.
Randy Holtmyer wants to give someone his kidney, according to KCTV.
“Everybody’s got two of them, and you can survive with one,” he told the tv station “That’s just one thing I can live without.”
Holtmyer’s wanted to turn his life right side up and wants to give something back.
“I’ve been in a lot of trouble my whole life,” he added to the tv station. “I hit rock bottom a few months back. My mom and stepdad have taken me under their wing and given me a home until I can get back on my feet.”
Holtmyer was broke and in jail when he decided it was time to give and not take anymore.
“God gave me this body for a purpose,” he went on to say to the tv station. “I feel that this is one way of giving back, giving something a second chace.”
Over 77,000 people are waiting for organs and doctors say the kidney supply is getting diminished.
“It has a lot to do with overall general health,” Dr. Henry Randall, director of transplantation at St. Luke’s Hospital told the tv station. “In this country, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension are major medical problems, so the number of qualified donors is declining.”
Randall added that they would take the kidney if the donor is healthy.
“It’s not always lifesaving, but it always life-altering,” the doctor added to the tv station. “And, for people who have run out of access for dialysis, a kidney transplant is lifesaving.”