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West Monroe man giving his kidney to his brother

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Here's a story of your average 20-year-old brothers, young and active, until one of them was diagnosed with a life threatening disease. Now, a few years older, one man is giving his brother more than just a helping hand.

You would never guess by their attitudes, but it's been a rough few years for Nick and Nate Henry.

In November of 2012, they were out riding motorized scooters with their mom when she was fatally hit by a car.

Just a few months after her death in January of 2013, Nick was diagnosed with kidney disease.

"This disease always ends renal failure. Sometimes it can take two years. Sometimes it can take 20 years. But in my case it was a very quick progressing disease," Nick said.   

Less than two weeks ago, Nick's kidney function hit an all-time low, 12 percent. Doctors immediately removed both kidneys. 

"Basically right now I am living with no kidneys and having to live in on dialysis," Nick said.  

Needing a new kidney, Nick turned to his twin brother and Nate is more than willing to help.

"It’s a little scary in a sense. It’s something I've never done, had major surgery or anything like that. I am helping somebody, helping my brother, who I care about. That makes it worthwhile in my mind," Nate said.      

 This experience has made both brothers more aware of the need for organ donors.

"There are people who go to dialysis that have been waiting on a transplant there for 12 to 15 years," Nick said.  

Coincidentally, their mom's organs went to someone in need. 

"I was told that her eyes went to somebody. So somebody has my mom's eyes right now," Nick said.    

 When doctors removed both of Nick's kidneys, they simply went on faith that Nate would be a match.

So far, He's passed almost every test to ensure a perfect match.

The final test results should be back later this month. After that, the twins will have one more thing in common.

To learn more about becoming an organ donor visit www.organdonor.gov or www.americantransplantfoundation.org
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