Man, 23, Steps in to Donate Life-Saving Kidney to Girlfriend’s Dad: I Would ‘Do It Again’
Andrew Mayzak just set the bar very high for boyfriends around the world.
The 23-year-old from New York felt compelled to help when his girlfriend, Ashley Turcotte, told him about her father’s many health problems, he told WHAM. Turcotte explained that her father, Paul Turcotte, was undergoing hours of dialysis multiple times a week due to kidney disease, and was still working to provide for his family.
“From there I did a little research for a couple of weeks, and I ended up telling her that I wanted to get tested to be a potential donor for her father,” Mayzak told the outlet. “Then after about three or four months of testing to become a possible donor, I was approved that I was a match for her father.”
Turcotte, 20, said she was surprised when her boyfriend — whom she had been dating just a short while after meeting online — approached her with the idea.
“I was shocked because I had no idea that this was what he was thinking or that he had thought about this,” she said. “So once I got over the initial shock I was like, this is really great.”
The family told Good Morning America that Paul had been struggling with kidney problems since he was a teenager, but was diagnosed with IGA nephropathy in 2011. The condition, also known as Berger’s disease, occurs when immunoglobulin A builds up in the kidneys, according to Mayo Clinic. Just four years after the diagnosis, Paul was placed on dialysis…….read more