Brandon Lash and his younger brother, Derek, are about as close as two brothers can get. That’s why Derek wanted to give his older brother a very special present for his 25th birthday.
For Brandon, it was the surprise of a lifetime and one that has the potential to make his life a lot easier.
Derek surprised his brother by sharing the good news that he was a perfect match and was willing to donate his kidney to Brandon.
When Brandon was 23 years old he learned he had kidney failure.
Two years earlier Brandon was told he had kidney disease. In April 2015 he was recommended to the kidney transplant list.
“I was really scared,” Brandon told TODAY Parents. “I was only 23—how could I need a kidney transplant at my age?”
According to TODAY Parents, Brandon currently has “extremely low” kidney function.
Unfortunately his parents weren’t a match.
Derek told WTAE that when his family learned Brandon was having kidney problems they knew they had to do something. The family got tested to see if they were a match, but unfortunately their parents were not a match, but Derek was.
Derek was with his mother when he received a phone call with the good news. The two planned to surprise Brandon on his birthday.
The youngest Lash made his brother a homemade birthday card with a special message.
Brandon, who said he knew something was up, but wasn’t sure what, read the card aloud.
Almost immediately after reading, “You will always have a piece of my heart and now you will have my kidney, too. We are a perfect match,” he broke down in tears.
Derek gave his older brother the best birthday gift ever.
Brandon was overwhelmed and told TODAY Parents that he couldn’t believe his little brother would make such a huge sacrifice for him.
Derek, on the other hand, said it was a no-brainer.
“I hated seeing him sick and knew something needed to be done to make him healthy again,” Derek said. “Not only was it the right thing to do, but the only thing to do. He’s my brother.”
The brothers’ surgeries are scheduled for January 16.