Soldier to return from war to donate liver

LONGVIEW, Texas - A soldier serving in Afghanistan is making a special trip home to try to save his grandfather's life. The 21-year-old is returning to be tested as a possible match for his dying grandfather in need of a liver.

He spent four years in the marines, 16 in the army, he survived the savage fighting in Vietnam, but now 62-year-old rick homer is dying.

"I found out about it a little over three years ago. It's what they call hemochromatosis. It doesn't purify the blood like it's supposed to," he said.

He could have been on a donor list for years, but his grandson, 21-year-old Army Specialist Ricky Glenn, came to his rescue.

"I'm the first-born grandson and I carry my grandfather's name. So the thought of regret of knowing I could have done something and didn't would of outweighed more of doing it now," he said.

Glenn arranged with his commanding officer to be flown back from Sfghanistan to Baylor Medical Center to be tested as a match. He will donate 60 percent of his own liver.

"Proud, you know, that my husband and I raised him right. He called me after he had talked to his commanding officers and told me," said his mom, Mindy Odle.

His family says Glenn's act personifies honor, courage and love.

"One of the doctors tried to talk him out of it, and he said 'no,'" said Odle.

But Homer knows only one way to describe it.

"He's my hero," he said. "People don't understand what he really is, until something like this happens."

For Glenn, it's all about family.

"I don't really see myself as a hero. You do what you do for the ones that you love," he said.

If found to be a match, it will be a few weeks before the donation will be made.


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