Posted: Oct 27, 2013 3:47 PM by Chet Layman - KBZK News
Updated: Oct 27, 2013 5:00 PM
BOZEMAN - Father's give their sons much and sometimes, the son gets to pay all that back. This summer we introduced you to a son who was giving his Dad the gift of life through a live liver donation.
MTN's Chet Layman talked to both the men four months after the ultimate Fathers Day Gift.
Lt. Arlyn Graydanus works with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office.
"The weekend we were there was Father's Day and we had the surgeries on Friday and all the nurses started talking about what a wonderful Fathers Day gift your son has been able to give to you," he said.
Arlyn had been sick for a while and he was more unwell than he had realized.
"My diseased liver was very diseased. They did go through and tear it apart later one and they told me it was a sick liver it needed to go," he said.
Arlyn's son Austin Graydanus' part of this was nothing short of amazing.
Mayo clinic surgeons took 60 percent of his healthy liver and as soon as he hit recovery, his body started to simply grow it back.
"Right now it should be about 90 to 95- I'm guessing - I don't know," Austin Graydanus says.
"And then over the next little while it will grow back to 100 percent. The blood work I've had looks great, no problems there."
Two major surgeries, six weeks recovery - we asked them if it was worth the risk.
Arlyn says, "People are saying ‘we saw you on TV and you looked good, your color looked good.' I'm feeling healthy and I just praise God that things have turned out like they have."
His son Austin says, "I get to keep him around a lot longer. As you know we referee basketball together, we've got more years of doing that. More hunting. We're at the Sheriff's Office together. It's real exciting to be able to do everything together like that."
Arlyn was not sick enough for a liver transplant but both men encourage everyone to become liver donors.
They got to know patients at the Mayo clinic who are alive today because they received a donor liver.