Gift of life: a Thanksgiving kidney transplant
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - An amazing holiday story tonight. California resident Nasser Ahdoot has one big reason to be thankful this holiday season.
And he means it. On Thanksgiving morning, Nasser received a kidney transplant. He had been waiting for almost three years to get one.
"I've been going to dialysis for almost three years and have had a hard time," said Ahdoot.
He got the Tuesday night at his California home. A kidney was available and ready. He jumped on a plane with his daughter and his wife and arrived at Gulf Coast early Wednesday. On Thanksgiving morning, after a two and a half hour surgery, he had a new kidney. He says already his complexion has changed from jaundice to a tan color.
We were only allowed to talk to Nasser wearing a mask to protect him from germs. The kidney was donated to Nasser from the family of a young man who was killed in some sort of an accident. Nasser will never know wthat young man's name or his name.
"I could never thank that family enough," said Ahdoot.
Nasser will be spending the next few months recovering and then head back to his home state of California.
Nasser's daughter Bita, a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney, says she made a suprise visit to her father late last week.
"My father was on the couch and I came home and told my husband that if he doesn't get a kidney soon we will be losing my father," said Ahdoot.
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