The father in Mexico’s north-central state of Aguascalientes recently donated a kidney to his son, who since childhood has suffered from various health problems and began to verge on demise six years ago.
Minutes before the transplant, father and son, both named Miguel Angel, chattered nervously and tried to hide their fear.
(Soundbite, Spanish) Miguel Angel Diaz Lopez, Father
“My whole life I can give to my son, not just kidney, my whole life.”
With the kidney from his father, the 22-year-old son could plan to finish his education while retaining his job at a supermarket.
(Soundbite, Spanish) Miguel Angel Diaz Martinez, Son
“I want to finish my studies. Yes, I was studying. For the disease I got sick and now turn well. It is not long, so I will get out soon.”
The donation not only saved the son, but the whole family.
(Soundbite, Spanish) Guadalupe Martínez García, Mother
“Well, he gave life to our son and he is coming back again with a second life. It is something very nice.”
A team of 10 doctors completed the transplant.
According to official statistics, 14,000 patients across the country are waiting for organs or tissues, roughly half of them kidneys.