St. Louis, Mo (KMOX) – Nothing under the tree could compare to the gift one man has been given this season.

Last month KMOX News introduced you to Glen Kemper, who’s known for years a genetic condition was causing his kidneys to fail. “I know where this train is going and it’s only going one way, too.” Glen has PKD — Polycystic Kidney Disease.

His lifeline was coming from an anonymous living donor. On the eve of surgery he told KMOX, “Obviously I don’t know the motivation for this person. But I will honor it. In exchange for a kidney are you kidding me?!? I can do that!”

Glen was told he might never know who was providing that life-altering gift.

The day after surgery, his best friend growing up walked in Glen’s hospital room…

Kemper-5 “He called me the Sunday night before hand telling me he wouldn’t be in St. Louis for it. He was really playing it up. Then he walked in the hospital room in his gown and I knew right away.”

This friend Doug — who is now a paramedic in Northern Illinois — explained why. “He says you know, I’m at dialysis centers all the time, I’m not letting you go through dialysis. Now that’s a friend right there!”

Glen says what his friend has done literally means everything. “This person saved my life… I owe them my life… I’m in debt to this person forever. Doug is a great person to be indebted to. I was very relieved about that”

Glen’s recovery is going well. He’s now able to look forward to getting back to a more active and full life.

Read our original story here: Transplant Recipient’s Wait May Soon be Over


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