Daughter gives father gift of life

The Expositor - Sparta, TN | Kim Swindell Wood
18-year-old prepares to donate kidney

A White County teen is getting ready for a once-in-a-lifetime “event” that will hopefully ensure the longevity of a man who has been an integral part of her life since the day she was born.

Sara Shanks, 18, will enter Vanderbilt University Hospital, on Feb. 28, 2012, along with her father, Jim Shanks. Sara will be donating one of her kidneys to her dad.

This is not Jim’s first time to be the recipient of a kidney. Approximately 20 years ago, he received a kidney from someone who had passed away and unselfishly donated their organs to those who were in need of transplants.