It's not every day that a grandmother is called on to save her grandchild's life, but when the day came for Carol Graydon, who is 62, to do just that, she didn't hesitate. As they waited, "Everybody wanted to be a match so bad," the girl's father, Michael Graydon, says. Her granddaughter, Wryn Graydon, was diagnosed at two months of age with congenital nephrotic syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that would lead to kidney failure. They needed to find a match and it turns out Michael's mother was.
"We're excited about it but also scared," says Michael Graydon; he and wife Haley also have a 5-year-old.
Doctors removed both of her kidneys and put her on dialysis at home, waiting for the infant to get big and strong enough for a transplant, reports ABC News.
"Having a living and a related donor allowed us to schedule the transplant as quickly as possible," says the doctor who treated Wryn in Birmingham, Ala.