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Father’s Day Especially Sweet For New Dad Awaiting Transplant

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There was a time when Wendy Russell didn’t think she could have ANY babies let alone twins. Grace and Luke were born in the same minute, 12 days ago.

“I look at them and I’m amazed they’re here. I look at them and thank God. I thank my organ donor,” Wendy said.

In 2009, Wendy had not one but *two* organ transplants:  kidney and pancreas.

“I was diabetic for a long time. Type I. And my kidneys had failed,” Wendy explained.

“The family of my organ donor really did save my life with my kidney and my pancreas. And then they made possible two new lives,” Wendy said.

Wendy and Kevin Russell married four years ago.

“It’s a God thing that we’re together I do believe. But that I never would’ve imagined it,” Wendy said.

Neither of them would have imagined that that Kevin would need an organ transplant too.  “About mid July, I’ll be on the list. Then, it’ll be a waiting game,” Kevin said.

Kevin has IgA Nephropathy. “IgA is a protein in your blood and it’s going through my kidneys and damaging it,” Kevin said.

While this father’s day, he’s thankful for his wife and his newborn twins, he’s hopeful.  “Hopeful that a kidney transplant will come sooner than later and then we can move on with our lives. Be a normal family,” Kevin said.

And enjoy Father’s Day for many more years to come.

The twins, born eight weeks early, are expected to remain in Baylor’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit until the Fourth of July.

Baylor is where Wendy had her double organ transplant. It’s where Kevin is expected to receive his kidney transplant.

The Southwest Transplant Alliance, who has followed the family’s remarkable journey, says anyone who’s interested in becoming an organ donor can find out more at www.donatelifetexas.org

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