Man saved by own son’s kidney after death in ‘freak accident’

ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION  | Crystal Bonvillian
Symon Castillo, left, is pictured with his father, Nate Castillo, on Father's Day, less than two weeks before the June 30, 2017, fall that killed him. Symon, 22, saved his father's life through a kidney donation after his death.
A Texas man has a new chance at life following a successful kidney transplant, even as he mourns the death of his donor -- his own 22-year-old son.

Nate Castillo, of Ennis, was awaiting a new kidney after two decades of diabetes caused his own organs to fail. According to KDFW-TV, Castillo was on the waiting list when his family suffered a tragedy June 30.

Castillo’s son, Symon Castillo, was out with friends in Fort Worth when he fell off of a ledge in a “freak accident,” his family told the news station. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and died on July 5.

Symon’s aunt, Monica Castillo, said that a piece of the family is gone.

“He was an amazing young man who just loved life,” Castillo said Thursday.

Symon, who family members described as giving from a young age, decided at age 18 to leave a piece of himself behind by becoming an organ donor. Continue reading
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