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Man donates kidney to save brother's life

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When Willie McFail needed a kidney, younger brother Charlie didn't give it a second thought. When Willie McFail needed a kidney, younger brother Charlie didn't give it a second thought.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A Sedalia man has a new lease on life thanks to his little brother.

When Willie McFail needed a kidney, younger brother Charlie didn't give it a second thought.

"That's just what family does," Charlie McFail said.

A transplant surgeon at Research Medical Center performed the operation Thursday.

Willie McFail says that after he was told he needed a kidney he had no idea that his brother was planning to do this for him.

"This is no big deal. This is not even a decision. This is just part of life for him, and that is just how it is. To me, I am eternally grateful, and there is nothing I can do to repay that," Willie McFail said.

Since the first successful living donor transplant in Boston in 1954, more than 50,000 living donors across the U.S. have donated their kidneys to people facing kidney failure.

Over the last three decades, Research Medical Center has performed more than 1,000 organ transplants.

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