BOISE -- The Kortz family knows firsthand what being a match for an organ transplant means.
An organ transplant saved their daughter's life, and it was a living organ donation from her own dad. He gave her one of his kidneys!
Lexi Kortz is a kindergartner at Frontier Elementary School in Meridian, and her parents, Lori and Matt Kortz, weren't sure this day would come.
Two years ago they had a very sick little girl on their hands. She was diagnosed with a rare syndrome.
It's called Joubert's Syndrome. It's very rare, a genetic syndrome. It effects the brain, kidneys, eyes and liver, said Lori.
Her doctors discovered she was in stage-4 kidney failure.
After that, there's just nothing you can do, said Matt.
In a matter of days we found out she was going to need a kidney transplant, and it just rocked our world. It was devastating to all of us, said Lori.
Then her dad made a decision. He would be the one to donate one of his kidneys.
Yeah, she's my daughter, so I'm just going to get it done. I can't have my little girl go away, said Matt.
He started the testing process right away to see if he was a match and indeed he was!
We pushed everybody, and made it happen within 4 months, said Lori.
The transplant was a total success.
There was a difference in Lexi right away, the color came back to her cheeks. Her dad's gift was the gift of life.
He is truly our hero, said Lori.
Now this family is speaking out about organ donation, especially living organ donation.
It definitely means a lot to our family, said Lori. There are so many myths about organ donation, so do a little research and you'll be surprised.
As for Lexi's future?
It's really hard to look to the future because there are so many unknowns, but we're doing our best to focus on right now and today, and she's doing great, said Lori.
Thanks to her Dad, and living organ donation, Lexi has a new life.
For more information on organ donation and how to become an organ donor in Idaho, click here.