DeLauren McKnight was adopted 27 years ago by a man named Billy Houze, who she calls dad.
Recently, as “Good Morning America” reports, the 64-year-old learned that he would need a transplant after his kidneys began to shut down back in 2016 following gallbladder surgery.
Houze was told he would need a transplant if he wanted to live longer than five more years of life. However, the list of people in need of a kidney was so long that the pastor was told it could be at least seven years before he would be paired with a match.
With the odds stacked against him, all five of his children got tested to see if they were a match. McKnight told “GMA” that she “never thought I would be a match because I was adopted.”
As it turned out, McKnight would be the only match. She told “GMA”:
“I got the call at work and I wanted him to be the first person that knew. I called and I said, ‘Daddy, I have to tell you something. I’m a match.'”
Houze also recalled that very special phone call he received from the daughter he and his wife, Karen, adopted out of foster care in 1992.
“She told me, ‘Daddy, you thought you were saving my life pulling me from foster care but in actuality, you were saving my life so I could save yours later.’ I am extremely proud of her.”
They described the moment as being “overwhelming.”
Now, the father-daughter pair is anxiously awaiting their surgery date, which they hope will happen within the next few weeks.
McKnight told “GMA” that “she is thrilled to be saving her father’s life”:
“I call him my Superman. Without him and my mom, I wouldn’t have known where I’d be. There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t give him so he can enjoy life and be right there beside me.”
As the Mayo Clinic reports, by McKnight giving her father a kidney transplant after being put on dialysis, she is also giving him the chance of a “better quality of life, lower risk of death, fewer dietary restrictions, and lower treatment cost.”