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Daughter gives dad ultimate Father's Day gift: her kidney

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A dad in metro Atlanta receives a special Father's Day gift: a kidney transplant. 

Doctors diagnosed Johnny Carter with Goodpasture Syndrome last November. The disease affects one in roughly 2 million people in the U.S. It sent Johnny Carter into kidney failure, and onto dialysis.

Johnny Carter found a match in his daughter Alison Carter.

"She was 3 weeks old and we picked her up and haven't looked back since. It's just been a wonderful experience, it has," Johnny Carter said.

Johnny and Elizabeth Carter adopted Alison as a baby.

"It was just a perfect life growing up. I had supportive parents and they had me involved in just about everything you could do," Alison Carter said.

She and her dad have always been close.

"We grew up together. I don't know if I'm grown yet," Johnny Carter joked.

So when doctors diagnosed Johnny Carter with a disease that caused his kidneys to fail, it was hard for her watch.

"It's kind of crippling to the whole family, not just him. He went from go, go, go and he was fine and very active, and then he's cooped up three days a week and on dialysis," Alison Carter said.

There came a time when friends and family were tested to see if someone could be a match for a kidney transplant.

"It's like I told mom the other day, I just immediately knew it was me. I just had that gut feeling that it was going to be me that was going to give him that kidney," Alison Carter said.

Johnny Carter had reservations. He didn't want to take Alison's kidney, but when he realized he was not taking, but receiving it, it changed his mind.

"Of course with Alison being adopted she said the Lord had a plan from day one, and we just followed through with it, didn't we," Johnny Carter said. 

The two underwent surgery at Piedmont Atlanta hospital two weeks ago.

"I think about the fact that my left kidney is now in him and it's functioning in him and it's a crazy feeling to know that I've not just changed him but changed our family," Alison Carter said.

And with this gift Johnny Carter will be able to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day.

"Every girl dreams of their daddy walking them down the aisle, but it's even more special now," Alison Carter said.

"To walk her down the aisle, I'm going to be thinking about that gift and I know everybody in church will be," Johnny Carter said.

The two have a few more weeks of recovery, but they will be ready for Alison's wedding in August.

Alison Carter is looking forward to that and having her dad around to see her have kids someday.

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