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Dwayne Lyttle passed out at work and woke up in the emergency room to learn he had advanced kidney failure. Dwayne had no symptoms of the disease; in fact, he had been a very healthy and athletic young man. Preventive measures were taken, but a year later he had to go on dialysis. That kept Dwayne from participating in any sports, but more importantly, from being the father he wanted to be to his children.
“It hurts, to be honest. It hurts, because the one thing you want to do is interact. I thought my time was over with them. That was something I was going to have to forfeit. I wanted to be the same father that my father was to me.” But he learned that wouldn’t be possible without a kidney transplant.
During the 2 ½ years Dwayne waited for a match, the dialysis slowly took its toll. His immune system was declining and hospital visits became more and more frequent because he was becoming more symptomatic to many of the viruses. Dwayne’s brothers, sisters and parents were tested, but, unfortunately, none of them was a match.
Dwayne finally received his transplant and reclaimed his life because another person decided to donate life. He is back playing basketball, flag football, and softball and participated in the 2008 National Kidney Foundation U.S. Transplant Games. He was able to have another son and says that life seems normal again.
“…You wake up with energy and you go to bed knowing that’s another day you were able to breathe, live, because of the donation. …The opportunity to give someone else out here the ability to live life again; there is no other gift greater than that.”