A young man from Florida gave his mom the best Mother’s Day gift she could ever have hoped for.
Paul Morrison, 21, underwent surgery to give one of his two kidneys to his mom, Gloria. She was suffering from acute kidney disease and hypertension and had to be hooked up to dialysis machines as she waited for a kidney transplant.
Paul was willing to give up his kidney when doctors figured out he was a good match three years ago, but Gloria wasn’t ready to accept his offer.
“I felt that he was too young at the time,” she said. “I didn’t know if he was ready to make that kind of decision back then. I didn’t want to put pressure on him and make him feel like it was something he had to do. So I decided to wait.”
Her son never changed his mind so Gloria eventually decided to accept the kidney.
“I was pretty nervous at first, but she’s my Mom, and I would do anything for her,” Paul said. “I’m feeling good right now, and I know my mom is feeling good right now. She had to deal with carrying me in her stomach for nine months, so it was great to be able to give back to her. If I had to do it again right now, I would.”
Fitzroy Morrison has been married to Gloria for 25 years. He recalled the day of the surgery.
“It was nerve-racking,” he said. “You just have to wait and wait for someone to come by and tell you how things are going. When the doctor came by a little after four o’clock and told me my wife and son were in recovery, I was really happy. He was doped up and knocked out, but she was already up and alert, like she hadn’t even had surgery. You could already see the difference in her complexion and her face. It was so bright.”
One week after the surgery, Gloria is doing much better. Patients who receive a kidney from a living donor rather than a deceased one generally do better, the Inquisitr reported.
“I’m looking forward to a good quality life, enjoying myself and my children, and hopefully their children and the great-grands,” Gloria said. “I want to live as long of a life as I can. I could not ask for anything else.”
Sources: The Inquisitr, The Miami Herald