Knoxville daughter donates kidney to father

Knoxville daughter donates kidney to father

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Megan's mom, Megan and Michael. (Source: Fields family) Megan's mom, Megan and Michael. (Source: Fields family)
"Daddy's always been supportive. He's always been a "be there" kind of dad. So it's awesome to be there for him," she said. "Daddy's always been supportive. He's always been a "be there" kind of dad. So it's awesome to be there for him," she said.
"We're just tickled and blessed that she's made that decision and I would encourage anyone who can to sign up to donate their organs," he said. "We're just tickled and blessed that she's made that decision and I would encourage anyone who can to sign up to donate their organs," he said.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Michael Fields and his daughter Megan are recovering after surgery at University of Tennessee Medical Center after Megan donated a kidney to her dad.

Fields has been living with diabetes for 57 years, and despite the fact that he managed it pretty well, it took its toll.

In April, doctors informed him it was time for a kidney transplant.

He soon learned from the transplant team there was a donor who was being tested.

Little did he know, that donor was his own daughter. Megan turned out to be a perfect match.

"Father's Day was just around the corner, and so I asked dad, 'what do you want for Father's Day?'" Megan recalled.

Michael chimed in, "And I said, 'Gee, a kidney would be great' and she said, 'Well, how about I give you one?'"

And that, as they say, was that.

Megan said there wasn't really a, "movie moment. It was just the right thing for me to do."

Megan is no stranger to surgery. She has a skin condition called giant congenital nevus that has required multiple procedures.

Her dad helped her through it.

"Daddy's always been supportive. He's always been a "be there" kind of dad. So it's awesome to be there for him," she said.

Megan and Michael each had different surgeons for their procedures.

Dr. Alex Cantafio, the transplant surgeon handling Megan's case, predicts a quick recovery for her, a three-day hospital stay and no long-term problems because she has a healthy lifestyle.

Michael will be hospitalized for about a week, barring any problems, as his body gets accustomed to a new kidney and anti-rejection drugs.

It's a small price to pay, he says, for added years with his family.

"We're just tickled and blessed that she's made that decision and I would encourage anyone who can to sign up to donate their organs," he said.

This is the third living donor transplant operation at UT Medical Center in the past week. The team is encouraged that more people are making the decision to become an organ donor.

One problem Dr. Cantafio says stands in the way of many people becoming a donor is their health including conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.

The risk of kidney failure in people with these medical conditions is high.

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