CHICAGO (CBS) — This Father’s Day was one that a Homer Glen man is going to relish for the rest of his life. So will his family.
While his family was eating hamburgers and Italian sausages on Father’s Day, 70-year-old Chuck Cuttone was eating Rice Krispies. He was preparing for the next day, when he would get the best gift he could hope for: a kidney transplant from his 40-year-old daughter, Beth Kohlstedt.
“She’s the hero here, as Dr. Mital calls her,” he said.
Dr. Deepak Mital, surgical director of the kidney transplant program at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, said the national waiting list is about 100,000 names long, but more people would not have to wait if relatives would become living donors, like Kohlstedt.
Kohlstedt said she would do it again “in a heartbeat.”
“I really want to make sure that everybody knows that it is safe, and that more people really need to do this,” she said.
Cuttone said all four of his daughters were tested to see if any of them were possible donor matches.
“All four of my daughters gave me an ultimatum that we weren’t going to wait for a cadaver, another kidney,” Cuttone said.