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Tevin Hamilton, a Chicago teen who was unable to give his kidney to his mother, has decided to donate it to a stranger so that his mother, Rhonda McClarn, can get one from another donor.

Hamilton was 6 years old when he first found out of his mother’s illness and need for a new kidney. She’s been on dialysis for years.

“When I first found out, it was kind of sad, because I was like, ‘Now she’s helpless,’ and I want to save her,” Hamilton told CBS Chicago.

He found out at the age of 18, when he was finally old enough to donate his kidney, that he wasn’t the right match for his mother. He agreed to a paired kidney exchange, which instead of putting his mother back on a waiting list would allow her to get a kidney from a stranger sooner if Hamilton donated his kidney.

When she found out that her doctors had found a match for her McClarn was ecstatic.

“I just cried and prayed, cried and prayed, because I didn’t think I would ever hear that,” she said.

Hamilton and his mother are scheduled to undergo the surgery on November 25.

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  • EBONY

    A lot of people don’t know when you donate your kidney it shortens your own life. And many other side effects. They don’t share this only the good of saving someone from dying sooner she will need a new kidney years from now,but at this moment at least everyone is happy and kodus to her son he made a big decision out of love only for his mom.

    • Orange Starr Happy Hunting

      Where did you get this info about shortening the lifespan and adverse side effects from being a living donor???

      Just asking because I am one. Never have I read or heard anything about having a shorter lifespan because I donated a kidney. That is false misinformation. Also there are no side effects for a healthy person donating a kidney. Praise God but I am ten years removed from donating and have not had one issue related to my being a living.Most doctors and hospitals THOROUGHLY evaluate potential donors even down to which kidney they will leave with the donor by determining the one that does the most work, larger etc.
      Please be informed about living organ donations before you go spreading false information.

    • sass (@sassym)

      RN here: Your information is wrong! I’ve never heard that donating a Kidney will shorten anyone’s life span.

  • Orange Starr Happy Hunting

    How very courageous and selfless of this young man!

  • Good for him, hope his mother gets the kidney she needs.

  • Ms. Vee

    This story is very touching. I hope all the best for him in the future.

  • Dalili

    Love at it’s purest form. Unconditional and selfless! The very best to them!