Father Prepares To Donate Kidney To Young Daughter

Andrew Greenstein
July 26, 2019 - 5:48 am
Avalee Byrd

Credit: Avalee's Avengers Facebook

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LEWISVILLE (1080 KRLD) - A Lewisville father is getting ready to give a huge gift to his young daughter -- one of his kidneys.

Avalee Byrd was diagnosed with a kidney cancer called Wilms' tumor at just six month old.

"Chemo was tried; didn't work," says Avalee's father, Jeremy. "So she had to have both of those kidneys taken out. So she went onto dialysis for the last three years."

And now at almost five years old, doctors were finally able to clear Avalee for a kidney transplant.

"They waited for her to grow a certain size and weight, and she met that last year," says Jeremy Byrd. "An adult kidney does take up about three or four times the space a kidney would for a child her age, so there has to be enough room in the abdominal cavity for it to fit."

When the opportunity came, Jeremy Byrd jumped at the opportunity to donate one of his kidneys to his daughter.

Even though the two are biologically connected, they both had to undergo the tests to be sure that he was a match, which he is.

"We have to have compatible blood types," the elder Byrd says. "There are antibody checks to be done. We have to make sure that while there will be a certain level of rejection, that it's not going to be acute rejection so that it can be managed with medication."

The surgery is scheduled for August 26th.

Jeremy Byrd says he's excited and terrified at the same time.

"I'm excited because we've been working for this for the last four years, so I'm happy it's finally come upon us," Jeremy Byrd says. "At the same time, though, it is a major life-changing surgery for the both of us. I'm nervous that either there will be some complication or that the kidney will not work after it's been transplanted, which is a possibility."

The family is hosting a garage sale this weekend to raise money for medical bills.

It'll be held at 801 Indian Trail, Argyle -- Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

The family is also accepting donations at their Children's Organ Transplant Association page.