This is the emotional moment a women who saved her father’s life by donating a kidney kisses him in hospital after the successful transplant.
Hailee Stender, 30, donated the organ to her dying father John, who had been diagnosed with kidney failure and given only two years left to live.
The pair were filmed as they shared a kiss and a tearful embrace at Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Ohio, after the operation.
Hailee’s sister Ana Rosa documented the reunion, paying tribute to her sister for a ‘life saving and selfless act’.
Hailee Stender shares an emotional kiss with her father John after the successful transplant
Hailee cries as she is reunited with her father after both had eight and a half hours of surgery
Hailee being treated at the hospital in Cleveland, OH, after donating her kidney to her father
Hailee, who is the only biological daughter among her siblings, did not think twice when she attended a hospital appointment and heard how her dad’s health was deteriorating. She was told it was crucial that he received a kidney transplant immediately.
Hailee said: ‘No matter how much pain I was in, I would have done it every single time. I saw how much better he looked because of it.
‘I’m connected to my dad with more than just by blood now. A part of me will always be with him.
‘The fact that I had a chance to better his life. I feel so honored I was able to help save his life.’
Her sister AnaRosa – who was adopted in Ecuador when she was a newborn – filmed the entire experience.
She said: ‘Hailee knew at some point in her life she was going to get married and she wanted her father to walk her down the aisle.
The mother of Hailee Stender helps her recover after the operation to transplant a kidney
Hailee is wheeled in to see her father who had been told he had only two years to live
Hailee’s sister Ana Rosa documented the moment the father and daughter were reunited
John and Hailee are pictured after leaving hospital following the transplant that saved his life
‘She is the most selfless and admirable person I’ve ever known.
‘She loves deeply and her willingness to donate a kidney speaks volumes to that.
‘Hailie is officially a life saver. She saved our father’s life. For our family – this it’s truly life changing.’
John, who is said to be recovering well after receiving his daughter’s healthy kidney, is being closely watched by medical professionals and has to attend appointments with his surgeon twice a week.
Kidney rejection can happen at any time, but most commonly occurs within the first 72 hours of surgery or between three to six months after surgery.
Hailee, who named her donated kidney ‘Kevin’, wanted to view the experience as a lighthearted adventure but has had to alter her entire life after the operation – from reassessing her diet to her daily workouts.
Both surgeries lasted a collective eight and a half hours and have a predicted recovery time of up to six months.