Son To Donate Liver To Save Father's Life

Carlos Villalobos

cvillalobos@newscenter25.com

Updated: 4/23 10:30 pm

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VICTORIA - 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.

If you would like to donate, click here.
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bjm3980 - 4/26/2014 10:07 AM
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Bill M- I love stories like this, where its all about helping each other I have cirrhosis due to a history of what they called fatty liver,and to be quite HONEST a family that could care less about me or my condition. Be glad that GOD has blessed U with a family and son that LOVES U You truly are blessed among men. I will pray for you,what a great story

ahen11 - 4/25/2014 7:56 PM
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my brother just donated part of his liver to my dad. its been a month and they both are doing good. though these surgeries r rare in this country, India does about 25 of live liver donations a month at just one hospital,and its a wonderful gift. we pray for your healthy recovery. all the very best to both of you..

BrandyH - 4/25/2014 6:30 PM
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Thank you for taking the time to bring recognition to this family! They are such wonderful people and have done so much for me and the community. They deserve all the help they can get! This is such a heart warming story! Not only is justin doing a wonderful thing, but they all will be making sacrifices to make sure they take care of each other. I'm so proud that so many people have donated and hope to see many more! Every dollar helps! Love and prayers to the family!
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