Andrew Forgay is dedicated. Dedicated as a doctor. And dedicated as a dad to Jake and Grace, and as a husband to Rochelle, and as a son-in-law to Diane.
"He operates a such a level of integrity and compassion," Diane tells us. "When I first met him, it was so evident and when I saw the two of them together, I just kind of knew that he needed to be in our lives."
Drew's dedication to Diane hit an all-time high this past Spring, when she was getting sick.
"My doctor looked at me one day during a routine visit and said, 'you're going to need a kidney'," she says.
Diane's world was spinning.
"I was overwhelmed. At first, I didn't understand what that meant, and then I thought, a kidney? Where am I going to find a kidney?" Diane says.
The answer was right next to her.
"Andrew came to me one day and said, 'I'm gonna be your donor,' and I said, 'Oh no, you're not,'" Diane says.
As soon as she was on the list and as soon as the living donor issue came up, a few of us stepped forward and said 'absolutely, we'll give it a try,'" says Dr. Forgay.
The former military helicopter pilot turned anesthesiologist turned pain medicine physician was a match...and he was not about to waiver. "There were some tearful moments, certainly," he says. "but not from my perspective. I just knew it was the right thing to do and that we were going to charge ahead. Being a kidney donor is not a dangerous prospect, it really is a very safe procedure. That's it."
"The minute that kidney went in me and started functioning, it was a miracle pretty much," Diane says.
It is a miracle that means Jake and Grace can continue to have their grandmother in their lives.
"He's given me a chance to live a longer life and enjoy those children even that much more. He has definitely, significantly increased my life span as a result of his generosity," Diane says.
It did not take long for Dr. Forgay to heal from the physical part of the transplant. "I was out of the hospital the next day," he says.
But, the emotional aspect of this ordeal will never go away. After all, Rochelle has her mom, the children have their Nana...all because of a healer who spends his life fixing others and always put his family first.
"How often does one get a chance to do something like this for another human being? So, as much as people say, 'oh it's a wonderful gift for Diane', I think, kind of, it's a wonderful gift for me to be able to have, done this..." Dr. Forgay says.
If you would like to find out more about kidney donation, check out the National Kidney Foundation website here.
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