Updated: 4/23/2014 10:30 pm
- James Adcock has always been a fan of tattoos, but little did he know the tattoos he got back in the past would cause his health to hit a low point 40 years later.
"The prognosis was long term suffering. It was either get a cadaver or pass away," Adcock said.
In 2002, Adcock was diagnosed with cirrhosis and hepatitis C, caused by the tattoos he put on himself back in the 1970s.
After his diagnosis, Adcock was forced to completely changed his lifestyle. He even switched hospitals, opting instead to go to the Mayo Clinic located in Minnesota.
"I thought maybe it's just my time to go, but my family said you need to think about this, we want you to stick around," Adcock said.
In 2013, Adcock was told he would need a new liver if he wanted to live. Doctors told him the best solution was to find a living donor, and that's when his son came into the picture.
In February, Justin Adcock decided he would give a portion of his liver in order to save his dad's life.
"It's very touching that he has so much love for me," Adcock said.
Megan Groll is Adcock's daughter. She said she couldn't be happier about what her brother is doing.
"We all said if we were a match we would do it, but Justin really stepped up to the plate and I couldn't be more proud of him," Groll said.
Adcock said he is now waiting for his surgery, and is forever grateful for his son.
"He is an amazing young man, and I love him very much," Adcock said.
Adcock is scheduled to have his surgery on May 20th, 2014. The family has also set up a donation fund to help pay for some of the expenses.
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