Families Share Stories of Life Saving Transplants
Source: WDAF TV
KANSAS CITY, MO. — Valentine's Day is all about a celebration of love and giving from the heart. Some families in the metro are getting an early start on that celebration. FOX 4 spoke to those families at Children's Mercy Hospital who celebrated giving through organ donation.
For some of these families, the gift of a rose brought anguish because it reminded them of their loss. For others, the gift of a rose brought tears. Kyle Seetin gave up one of his kidneys to save his brother's life two years ago.
"You know there's blood brothers and there's kidney brothers, I guess," Seetin said. " It's brought us close."
His brother Scott shared his life-saving story Saturday with those families. Two years ago Scott says he found out he had the same deadly kidney disease as his mother.
"Now we're both fighting this disease," said Scott Seetin. "We'll have to come together and figure out a way to overcome it."
Scott's brother gave the gift of life. There was one problem with this idea. Both Scott's brother and mother needed a kidney.
"She said you take your brother's kidney," Scott said. "I'll find somewhere else. That was pretty unselfish on her part."
Scott received a new kidney from his brother and oddly enough, their mother's life was also saved by a donation from her brother. Now the Seetin family is seeing life in a whole new way.
"Our one kidney functioning family is a really tight bond," Scott said.
So are the other families at Saturday's event. They say they've found a sense of renewal through their loss. Some say it gives them a sense of comfort knowing that their child lives on in others.
That goes double for the Seetin family and especially Scott who says his kidney transplant was life saving and life changing.
"It's like taking a dirty washcloth and wringing it out," Scott said. "You just feel clean. You feel amazing."
The roses given out on Saturday are similar to the ones used on a special float in the Rose Parade.