1211 kidney transplant

Pat Hall, left, will be donating one of her kidneys to her former father-in-law Wayne Hall, center, later this week. His wife Sue Hall, right, enjoys a moment with grandson Trey and pet Brutus before going to the hospital.

By Fred Petke / Staff Writer

Wayne Hall is hoping for the greatest Christmas present of his life this year.

He’s hoping for life, the ability to spend more time with his grandchildren, and its coming from an unlikely source.

On Friday, he is scheduled for a kidney transplant. The donor is Pat Hall, the former wife of his son Douglas.

“I couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present,” Wayne Hall said.

Wayne Hall, 61, was diagnosed with kidney disease a couple of years ago and requires dialysis every four hours. He went on the transplant list about three months ago. Pat Hall volunteered to donate one of her kidneys, and turned out to be a “positive and perfect match.”

She was the only one tested as a possible donor.

“This is something not everyone does,” Pat Hall said. “There’s a lot of people who die every day from (kidney disease).

Pat Hall said donation was a simple decision. If someone else needed a kidney, she would have donated as well.

“This way I can actually do something for his health,” Pat Hall said.

That the recipient of her kidney was her son Trey’s grandfather was yet another reason for donating.

“(Trey’s) papaw is very important to him as well,” Pat Hall said. “Doing this will let him have more time with papaw.”

That Pat would be willing to donate at all still amazes Sue and Wayne Hall.

“It’s amazing that she would make that sacrifice,” Sue Hall said. “Everyone is so proud of her.”

Such talk embarrasses Pat Hall.

“I don’t see it that way,” she said. “I don’t want the praise.”

Pat Hall said she’s received some strange reactions from friends about the situation, but most of her family is behind her.

“My mom is absolutely my number one support,” she said. “I have a boyfriend who’s been wonderful.”

She’s already been through the tests and preliminary work. Now, all three are waiting for the end of the week for the operations and the recovery. If all goes well, Wayne could be released between six and 10 days after the operation. Pat will be released sooner, but will still spend about four weeks recuperating before retuning to her normal routine, she said.

Wayne’s recovery plan is a little longer, especially with the risk of his body rejecting Pat’s kidney, Sue Hall said.

The Halls are believing in the best with support from their respective families and their church family at Deliverance Church.

Sue Hall is just grateful for the miracle.

“We’ll never call her an ex-daughter-in-law,” she said. “She’s the daughter we never had.”

Fred Petke can be reached at fpetke@thetimes tribune.com.

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