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[–]Zancie 2503 points2504 points  (88 children)

[–]Brianomatic 625 points626 points  (32 children)

Real mvp

[–]Projectdefy 1168 points1169 points  (27 children)

Onions are stronger with audio

[–]DepressingOnion 488 points489 points  (18 children)

Indeed, I'm feeling stronger.

[–]2muchcaffeine4u 96 points97 points  (5 children)

i hope this was the strength you needed to stop being a depressed onion

[–]tresser 20 points21 points  (3 children)

he's only crying because it's a medical condition .

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[–]RecharginMyLaza 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I understood that reference!

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[–]BadOnion 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Same here fellow onion.

[–]zoloft-and-cedar 19 points20 points  (0 children)

The beetlejuicing is strong with this one

[–]Send_me_2nips 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Username checks out.

[–]cbdisreallycool 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Don’t you mean real MP3?

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    [–]Silver5005 109 points110 points  (6 children)

    would probably give away a big surprise was coming tbh

    [–]Fuck_Alice 165 points166 points  (4 children)

    Nothing says something serious is going down like being sat down and mom turning off Desperate Housewives

    [–]MixesLiesWithTruth 40 points41 points  (2 children)

    My mum used to love Two And A Half Men, and sometimes she just called it "Men" for short. So the rest of us would shush each other, "Shh! Men's on! Mum loves Men"

    [–]RockitDanger 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    My Mom used to do the same with horror movies. Her favorite was the original 'IT'. I'd ask "What are you watching, Mom?". And she'd reply "Shh. IT"

    [–][deleted] 38 points39 points  (0 children)

    "Hey bro I was fucking watching that!"

    "Oh ok so you don't want a kidney?"


    "Now you've ruined the surprise, goddammit I've always hated you"

    [–]bigb62601 33 points34 points  (1 child)

    I kind of like it. They are watching football and the moment he starts hugging him you can hear Joe Buck in the background saying it's a Christmas eve game. It's a Christmas miracle!

    [–]MonkeyDavid 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Came here to say this. TV annoyed me until that moment. Why is it so dusty in here?

    [–]CrankUSN 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    They wouldn’t of gotten the perfect “LETS GO!” Right as they started hugging though

    [–]FootLoosePickleJuice 30 points31 points  (2 children)

    My guess, based on those accents - this took place somewhere near or in Pittsburgh. Best of luck to yinz!

    [–]mattmeslier 17 points18 points  (0 children)

    was going to comment the exact same thing - muting the stillers game is never an option!

    [–]g0_west 30 points31 points  (1 child)

    Lol, when donor bro tries to end the hug but birthday bro isn't having any of it. Very sweet

    [–]Jahcurs 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    I noticed that such a brother thing to do. 'love you and all but this is getting a bit too touchy feely for my liking'

    [–]poland626 86 points87 points  (3 children)

    fuck it's only 7am. too early for onions

    [–]grahamk1 34 points35 points  (1 child)

    this is why i show up to the office early. no one can see me crying while scrolling through reddit.

    [–]koticgood 14 points15 points  (1 child)

    6 years in and I think this is the first time I've realized before the gif ended that I should stop watching something that should obviously be a video and go to the comment section to find it.

    [–]LocalSalesRep 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    It’s allergies, I swear

    [–]LeroyDankin 6 points7 points  (3 children)

    Not sure why, but i thought this was going to link me to an audio subreddiy

    [–]Shaz18 3822 points3823 points  (53 children)

    This really hit home. What a wonderful moment to share and have on video.

    [–]LouieKablooie 1160 points1161 points  (33 children)

    Yep, being a big brother, that broke me right down to tears.

    [–]BholeFire 493 points494 points  (14 children)

    I'm a little brother and this made me cry. My brother and I have just recently connected after my dad "disowned" me three years ago. This shit kicked me right in the nuts.

    [–]Not_a_real_ghost 168 points169 points  (4 children)

    Congrats dude. Hope things work out for you.

    [–]mrsdennistein 75 points76 points  (3 children)

    Just chiming in to say the same. I hope you guys have a long future in each other’s lives <3

    Edit - a typo

    [–]boobooob 27 points28 points  (2 children)

    I also want to have a long future in their lives. :(

    [–]Heartfull_of_Wind 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    Nothing wrong with dreaming, but when you execute those dreams, this one in particular, be carefull

    [–]Drix1942 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Or punched you in the kidney?

    [–]MrPockets_Grizz 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    3 years not talking to my father gave him some perspective. Now he is a completely different person, he showed me he wants to reconnect.

    Be strong friend, tough people conquer tough situations.

    [–]Cr0fter 32 points33 points  (8 children)

    I'm a little and older brother, cried watching this

    [–]CarbolicSmokeBalls 27 points28 points  (3 children)

    I'm a little older, but I guess it's all relatives.

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      [–]OhShitItsSam 14 points15 points  (1 child)

      You were one comma away from having that read like a Hulk Hogan line.

      [–]Ananasvaras 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      You can imagine it wasn't easy to watch since I'm a big brother, younger brother and twin brother. (Not even joking)... But yeah, it's great being close with your siblings.

      [–]ak47genesis 4 points5 points  (1 child)

      I’m a little sister and I’m tearing up

      [–]--------Link-------- 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      same. one of the few things that makes me well up spontaneously. it's stronger than me.

      [–]AutisticJewLizard 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      I'm the little brother, I miss my big bro

      [–][deleted]  (4 children)


        [–]tinkerbunny 44 points45 points  (1 child)

        Or tucked into the card. When he opened it, it would have just slowly slid down onto the floor. “Happy birthday, big brother!”

        Edit: Merry Christmas, not HB.

        [–]Not_a_real_ghost 15 points16 points  (0 children)

        I came for the lolz, did not expect to bawl my eyes out.

        [–]Pukit 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        Been a while since a gif genuinely brought tears to my eyes. What an amazing thing to do.

        [–]stakkar 10 points11 points  (1 child)

        You’d think they could have paused the tv for a few minutes..

        [–]nullsage 944 points945 points  (21 children)

        Does anyone have a source? I'd love to know the song they're dancing to at the end.

        [–]VulvaSpud 622 points623 points  (16 children)

        [–]YuffiesMateria 156 points157 points  (3 children)

        I've been bamboozled.

        [–]SPZ_Ireland 51 points52 points  (2 children)

        That's Darude by Sandstorm

        [–]orky56 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        I thought it was Sandstorm by Toto

        [–]GenuineSounds 13 points14 points  (0 children)

        Actually I think it was 砂嵐 by ダルデ

        [–]DontWatchMeDancePlz 25 points26 points  (0 children)

        God DAMN I’m already a mess today.

        [–]tuibiel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        "LET'S GO!"

        [–][deleted]  (7 children)


          [–]RavenPoodle 3 points4 points  (0 children)

          It sounds belittling to me, like this is serious shit.

          The brother literally is saving his brothers life, stay quiet and let them have a moment to themselves to be thankful for each other.

          [–]slodojo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          Bleat hahahahahahaha. From now on I will also hate those people.

          [–]valury 23 points24 points  (0 children)


          [–]snappyj[🍰] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

          If it isn't Smashmouth, I'm going home.

          [–]jokerzwyld77 2560 points2561 points  (77 children)

          Holy fuck the emotions today. I went from a midget with a huge cock getting a death spin blow job to this. I'm going to be so confused today. Thanks Reddit, never change.

          [–]electricpussy 390 points391 points  (53 children)

          Link for that please! C'mon, confuse my day!

          [–]jokerzwyld77 621 points622 points  (46 children)

          [–]NamityName 771 points772 points  (13 children)

          "a death spin blowjob"

          Before watching: what does that even mean?

          After watching: how else do you describe that?

          [–]Glupendorf 261 points262 points  (8 children)

          From the thread: tornatio

          [–]Nauseated_Narwhal 68 points69 points  (3 children)

          Mercutio’s estranged brother who taught Romeo how to love


          [–]CalmBeneathCastles 15 points16 points  (2 children)

          Wasn't Mercutio his cousin...? Nevermind; forgot where I was.

          [–]honestbeardedcat 8 points9 points  (1 child)

          Wasn't Mercutio his cousin...?

          Close friend. He's also the blood relative to Count Paris.

          [–]Jacareadam 13 points14 points  (0 children)

          Aka a “midget spinner”

          [–]myscreamname 29 points30 points  (0 children)

          Yep. Exactly my train of thought as well. I can't un-see that. That girl has goals.

          [–][deleted]  (1 child)


            [–]slap_thy_ass 52 points53 points  (0 children)

            Cripes this is new

            [–]infanticide_holiday 12 points13 points  (3 children)

            This felt strange watching while still crying from the OP

            [–]pirate_door91 26 points27 points  (4 children)

            Every day we stray further...

            [–]Ionlavender 10 points11 points  (1 child)

            Boy this is like rocket speed x 10

            [–]GulGarak 4 points5 points  (0 children)

            God created the physical limit of light speed so that we couldn't outrun his light.

            I think we've gone past light speed.

            [–]dratthecookies 32 points33 points  (0 children)

            Wow, I didn't believe it was going to be that.

            [–]ImWhatTheySayDeaf 14 points15 points  (8 children)

            Ok, trying to put that man's penis size into perspective because he is a small person (dwarf?) and his donger is huge. So if he were like normal height and his dick size were that big he would have a 12 inch penis or something close..my god, man

            [–]pepcorn 30 points31 points  (4 children)

            i think it's more like some parts are regular size, like head and apparently also dick.

            i imagine it differs from person to person, depending on the specific type of dwarfism a person has.

            [–]Patbach 13 points14 points  (1 child)

            Dwarfism only affect bones

            [–]Gidio_ 10 points11 points  (0 children)

            ...so not boners?

            [–]spanishgalacian 9 points10 points  (0 children)

            What exactly happens in your life for you to get to that point? Reminds me of Requiem For A Dream.

            [–]Ibebob 19 points20 points  (3 children)

            Sigh unzips

            [–]Justlose_w8 15 points16 points  (2 children)

            Sigh??? That was actually pretty awesome

            [–]Ibebob 16 points17 points  (0 children)

            I was fine and mostly fetish-less, now I have to have my legs removed. Thanks reddit. Thanks so much.

            [–]CalmBeneathCastles 4 points5 points  (0 children)

            Awesome? Maybe. Hot? Nah.

            [–]-GloryHoleAttendant- 6 points7 points  (1 child)

            “Choot her, Elizabeth, choot her!”

            [–]TheGreatDunce 8 points9 points  (1 child)

            https://m.imgur.com/hwmWOe9 there ya go Edit: Nsfw

            [–]tenrose 4 points5 points  (0 children)

            ahahahaha what the fuck

            [–]Not_a_real_ghost 56 points57 points  (3 children)

            That midget is like 20% cock. That's how big his cock is.

            [–]nelsonwehaveaproblem 15 points16 points  (2 children)

            Yeah you don't just drop that in without a link my dude. Give it up!

            [–]Dogs-Keep-Me-Going 16 points17 points  (0 children)

            with a huge cock

            I don't know why I didn't believe you, but shit, you're right..

            [–]justsaraiguess 271 points272 points  (9 children)

            I lost it at “... and now you’ll have my kidney too” even though I knew it was coming after “piece of my heart”

            [–]Unreal_Banana 96 points97 points  (3 children)

            The little back and forth got me.

            [–]n_farage 42 points43 points  (2 children)

            That is called a rocking chair man.

            [–]someboysdad 576 points577 points  (1 child)

            OP. You missed the fact that his little bro is also donating a piece of his heart. That's really something...

            [–]s_s 53 points54 points  (0 children)

            OP also missed the Christmas tree and holly when he was titling the video.

            [–]Andylolzzzzzz 129 points130 points  (51 children)

            aw man, that's so nice dude. really wish I can do something to someone that matters this much sometime

            [–]kim_so_il 144 points145 points  (49 children)

            Give blood and register to be a marrow donor. You may literally save someones life and you're basically just loaning the ability of your body to make more of the shit indefinitely without much fuss to someone who's body can't. It's an awesome way to help.

            [–]Hipponotamouse 112 points113 points  (33 children)

            100% this. I signed up for the bone marrow registry in college in 2013 after seeing something about it on TV. 3 months later, I was matched with a 14 year old in Italy and eventually wound up having a bone marrow harvest done to help him. It’s honestly one of the things I’m most proud of.

            [–]kim_so_il 35 points36 points  (0 children)

            That's amazing! Thanks for being a bro.


            Thought I was in /r/humansbeingbros but I stand by my statement.

            [–]mercilessmilton 15 points16 points  (18 children)

            How much did it hurt? Recovery?

            [–]Hipponotamouse 53 points54 points  (11 children)

            I was knocked out for the procedure itself, but I was definitely sore for a week or so. I just tried to stay off my feet as much as possible, since they basically stick a giant needle into your pelvis. I will say though, I had two holes in my lower back from where they inserted the needles...those started to bleed through the bandages after I got home from the hospital. My GF (now fiancée and NOT a fan of blood) had to gag her way through patching me back up before I passed out! All in all though, it’s something I would do again. I wouldn’t even think twice about it. Very rewarding and humbling experience.

            [–]mercilessmilton 18 points19 points  (2 children)

            Thanks. I want to do it but I'm intimidated by the pain. I thought they didn't put you under for bone marrow extraction, so I guess that is good.

            [–]smileysocks 11 points12 points  (1 child)

            It's now becoming more common to do a stem cell transplantation from peripheral blood You'll be given a drug that stimulates your bone marrow to release stem cells into circulation. These cells will then be collected like a normal blood donation.

            Less invasive than a huge needle, I hear that the drugs can make your bones ache though.

            [–]thissubredditlooksco 25 points26 points  (7 children)

            that wasn't the best sell

            [–]Hipponotamouse 16 points17 points  (0 children)

            I’d like to think the benefits for the young boy far outweigh the inconvenience of a sore pelvis.

            [–]Bierdopje 3 points4 points  (5 children)

            Yeah fuck, I recently registered and I’m kinda hoping my bone marrow is never needed.

            [–]Hipponotamouse 7 points8 points  (1 child)

            It’s really not that bad. It’s like being sore after a hard workout or something. It’s not going to be completely painless, so if you’re expecting that then it’s probably not for you. Idk what else to tell you.

            [–]FromLurks_toriches 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            10000% worth it for the possibility to give another human being a second chance.

            [–]Coffeebandit9000 4 points5 points  (2 children)

            It depends on the process they use. When I donated they just hooked me up to some machines for 5 or so hours which drew my blood and filtered out what it needed and returned the rest. Easy, simple, and painless aside from feeling achy due to the injections they gave to increase the material needed in my blood. 11/10 would donate again.

            [–]CutthroatTeaser 5 points6 points  (1 child)

            Just so you know, you can also be a bone marrow donor through a much less invasive/painful procedure that's more similar to a blood donation:


            [–]Theshli 10 points11 points  (0 children)

            My mom wouldn't be here without the generosity of her bone marrow donor. My brother and I couldn't be of any help because children are only 50% matches (that's what the doctors told us anyway.) My heart feels full whenever people suggest donating their bone marrow. You could save someone's mom or dad and that's pretty huge in my opinion.

            [–]ActuallyYeah 7 points8 points  (5 children)

            I hear that hurts like cra-hazy.

            [–]astheriae 11 points12 points  (3 children)

            I signed up to be a bone marrow donator last year because the guy explained to me that they had a new way of doing it these days. There'd been the old way which apparently hurt like fuck and this new way that sounded far more chill. I can't remember any of the details but I'm sure a quick Google would tell you more.

            Edit: only took me 8 hours to realise that it's donor not donator!

            [–]maxscarletto 6 points7 points  (2 children)

            I did it the old way about 20 years ago. All the hurtiness, it was like i’d been kicked by a horse (6 extractions from the hip bones) took 3 weeks to recover. Yes, I’d do it again without question.

            [–]astheriae 4 points5 points  (1 child)

            You get absolute respect from me there mate, thank you for making such a difference to someone's life! I hope I can do the same for someone one day.

            [–]maxscarletto 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            Thanks! I hope it did make a difference. At the time they asked if I wanted to know the outcome or anything about the person and I said no. I hope that person is out in the world somewhere enjoying their life..

            [–]AskMrScience 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            To elaborate on the newer marrow donation that doesn't hurt: they've now learned how to harvest bone marrow stem cells from your blood.

            Doctors essentially hook you up to a circulating IV system for a few hours until they've gathered enough stem cells, then send you on your way.

            [–]Accountforthis35 6 points7 points  (6 children)

            I keep intending to do stuff like this. Then there's some bomb-ass party and I snort cocaine one time and I cant do it for another year and a half.

            [–]Fab_spaghetti 84 points85 points  (2 children)

            Sometimes I can't help but feel like we are gonna make it

            [–]pagodelucia123 508 points509 points  (25 children)

            I am man, i don't cry at this, such pussies, damn it

            [–]elsworth 174 points175 points  (9 children)


            [–]XxMasterLANCExX 12 points13 points  (0 children)

            Who put these TEARS ON MY PILLOW

            [–]yougotyolks 7 points8 points  (0 children)

            Why are allergies so sad?

            [–]the_notorious_beast 37 points38 points  (6 children)

            Boys don't cry. Men do. I'm a man.

            [–]pagodelucia123 20 points21 points  (4 children)

            ‘Crying: Acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon

            [–]derius1 8 points9 points  (1 child)

            Well, I'm off to book a ticket to Arizona.

            [–]photenth 6 points7 points  (0 children)

            Funeral to go to?

            [–]DetectiveArmyDoctor 16 points17 points  (1 child)

            What are you talking about? I LIVE for hugs like this. 😌

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              [–]ZachDaniel 60 points61 points  (4 children)

              The real kicker is that there's nothing wrong with the big brother and his kidney.

              [–]Nackles 8 points9 points  (0 children)

              "And you can keep the cooler!"

              [–]steelyeyedpoledancer 38 points39 points  (4 children)

              This is beautiful! 9 years ago I also donated my kidney to my big brother. It was the best decision I've ever made.

              [–]Mazyc 9 points10 points  (1 child)

              I wouldn't hesitate for 1 second to do the same thing for mine.

              [–]steelyeyedpoledancer 10 points11 points  (0 children)

              Yes! Honestly, it was the best and EASIEST decision I've ever made. I hesitate when ordering food, but not this.

              [–]Nordrynn 85 points86 points  (4 children)

              I am not crying you are crying

              [–]Just_Ang 17 points18 points  (1 child)

              Nope. No. It’s you. 😭

              [–]Summerie 11 points12 points  (0 children)

              Wow, we already have just about every reddit default comment in this thread, and I’m not even halfway down yet.

              [–]Professional_Banana 37 points38 points  (3 children)

              It's touching and all, but I feel like he missed the best chance he'll ever have to fuck with his brother:

              1. Go to butchers and buy pig kidney
              2. Put it in on ice in a styrofoam box
              3. Wrap box in giftwrap and bow
              4. Paint a fake scar on abdomen
              5. Give touching speech
              6. Hand box to brother
              7. Lift shirt while he's busy opening it
              8. Wait for him to look up in horror

              (Obviously still actually donate him a kidney)

              [–][deleted]  (1 child)


                [–]umbrajoke 32 points33 points  (0 children)

                Seriously! The only thing he got was a homemade gift and card.

                [–]bukithd 10 points11 points  (1 child)

                Maybe this means he'll let him play with the good controller for the rest of their life.

                [–]TrumpReactions 18 points19 points  (0 children)

                This made me happy. I’d do the same for my brother in a heartbeat

                [–]LocusStandi 29 points30 points  (0 children)

                I wake up

                I cri

                Promises to be a wonderful day

                [–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (1 child)

                Years ago, one brother(my straight friend) to his gay brother:

                I would never date you. For two reasons. I'm not gay, and you're my brother. But I recently found out we're a perfect match, so now I'm comfortable sticking a piece of my meat into you. I hope you're into kidney sex, because I'm going to rock your world.

                [–]kevfitz1729 6 points7 points  (0 children)

                Great now I'm all teary eyed in work

                [–]sexmemes 5 points6 points  (0 children)

                GOOD DUDE.

                [–]Blacksheepfab 4 points5 points  (0 children)

                r/perfecttiming with audio, as soon as he gets up for the hug the TV announcer say "we're glad you're with us"

                [–]insilus 14 points15 points  (7 children)

                I have a kidney disease, and while I don’t currently need a transplant, I hope one of my close friends/family members does something like this when I need one. This made me cry, thanks for that.

                [–]AK_Happy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                Same. My kidneys are permanently damaged because of an allergic reaction I had to an ulcerative colitis medication. My sisters and wife all want to donate to me, but they all got pregnant lolz. Classic. I don’t need a transplant quite yet, thankfully.

                [–]shiftforwardslash 2 points3 points  (2 children)

                My mom is having pretty bad kidney problems. Currently, her tests are showing elevated numbers of some stat. She's still in the early stages of testing, but she's pretty sure it's from all her years on diabetes medication. I wouldn't hesitate even a split of a millisecond to give one of mine to her. Your post reminded me I probably should research and prepare, but I guess it all depends on blood tests to see if I'm a match? Idk, see, I need to research. I really hope things work out for you.

                [–]khhxo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                To see if you're a match for you mom (which parents & children most of the time are) you would first have to get blood work done to find out your blood type. If you are the same or able to give blood to her, then you'll go thru a long process of evaluations and more bloodwork to see if you are a perfect match. There's a lot that goes into it, but it is totally worth it. I hope all works well for your mom! Source: I need a kidney transplant, went through the process of my sister possible donating to me (she was not able to) ☹️

                [–]homendailha 16 points17 points  (0 children)

                This is wonderful

                [–]koko0210 21 points22 points  (4 children)

                I want to marry them both 🙂

                [–]Skeeball_Fanatic 138 points139 points  (2 children)

                Marry the one that's getting the kidney, then you kind of are.

                [–]scarface80 3 points4 points  (0 children)

                FFS i just got something in my eye or maybe its hayfever....

                [–]ILikePieAndDinosaurs 4 points5 points  (0 children)

                Oh so I'm just gonna cry at my desk this morning. That's cool I guess.

                [–]Loafmeister 5 points6 points  (0 children)

                Thanks a lot, I'm at work and people are wondering if someone died in my family...

                [–]csoup1414 10 points11 points  (4 children)

                These guys went to my high school. The outpouring of support from our hometown is outrageous. They are both amazing guys.

                We live in a very poor city almost run by drugs. Yet our sad failing little city can still put out folks like these two, and the community can still pull together to share something as selfless as this.

                [–]icanfly_impilot 9 points10 points  (0 children)

                Oohf - right in the feels!

                [–]everlonganarchist 4 points5 points  (0 children)

                Honestly I tear'd up a little

                [–]TylerJim 4 points5 points  (2 children)

                I'm not crying, you're crying.

                [–]bramboozle 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                I watched this a few times and never saw him hand the kidney over.

                [–]3sweatyballs 4 points5 points  (0 children)

                I'm just trying to eat my breakfast you sick son a bitch how are you gonna put someone through an emotional rollercoaster like that

                [–]LOUCIFER_315 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                Donate Life

                [–]korbin_w10 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                This could also work in r/humansbeingbros or r/tippytaps

                [–]SendItDownrange 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                Plot twist: He didn't even need another kidney.

                [–]iamtheantagonist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                Okay well now I've cried before 8am so thanks for that...

                [–]Lrhn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                I'm a 29 year old man,Why did this make me cry?

                [–]Hesher20 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                This is really what life is about. Awesome moment for this family and shows the parents did something right teaching the brothers the importance of family. Hope the procedure went well!

                [–]Spyduck1 5 points6 points  (11 children)

                Obviously this is a really nice gesture on the brother's part, but is donating a kidney (from a living person) always a good idea? I was under the impression that it would significantly shorten the donators life while only slightly lengthening the donatees?

                I'm Genuinely asking, not criticizing

                [–]BridgetAmelia 16 points17 points  (2 children)

                According to the national kidney foundation the average life expectancy for a living donor is the same. Some studies show .5-1 year less, and others show they live longer. Though the living longer is attributed mostly to how healthy you have to be to even donate. So typically the people who live longer, would have lived longer even if they hadn't donated.

                I have tried to tell my husband this, but he still doesn't want me to register as a living donor. I did just register to be a bone marrow donor. So at least I am doing some good for the world.