Dad donates kidney to daughter with rare condition

A life-saving donation becomes a family affair.

Right now, a 12-year-old girl from Bloomfield Township and her father are preparing to go under the knife and give one of his kidneys.

Like most dads Tim Wyman would give his life for his three kids. So when a rare disorder required his 12-year-old daughter Kacy to have a major organ transplant, he didn't think twice about it.

"It was a no-brainer as a parent to be able to give your kid a kidney," he said. "No brainer - easy decision."

Kacy was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with cystinosis, a condition where the amino acid crystals accumulate in different organs - even the eyes.

It damages the body and requires a lot of medication

"This is a day's worth of medication," said mother Jen Wyman. "So when she gets up in the morning, these are 730 am; these are when she gets home at 3:30; these are at 830; and these are in the middle of the night."

The rare disorder also took a toll on one of her kidneys, now she needs a new one. Initially her dad wasn't going to be the donor.

"Our boys are college athletes it wasn't the best time for them but they would've done it in a heartbeat," Tim said. "We originally thought Jen was going to be the donor but then got to thinking there's a recovery period and who's best to care for Kacy over the next three to four months. She's going to need a lot of help. 

"And we just made a family decision at the end that it makes a lot of sense if I qualify if I'm a match, it made sense to the family for me to be the donor."

The Wymans say Kacy's lifelong fight with cystinosis has taught her plenty about being tough.

"It's hard to feel sorry about yourself when you watch some of the things she has to do," Jen said.

Kacy is a bit nervous about the surgery and there's a chance she'll need her other kidney replaced in a few years. But even then she won't have trouble finding a donor.

"I told her she needs to be nice to her older brothers because she may need one of their kidneys later," Tim said. "So she's got to be really nice to family members."

FOX 2: "How does that make you feel?"

"Grateful," Kacy said. "Because I have a good family."

Tim insists he not the hero of the story, but rather it is Kacy with how she battles the disorder and her mother, Jen, who is her primary caregiver. He says he has the "easy job."

They both go under the knife next week.
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