The Meyer brothers. Although they are seven years apart, they do everything together, says Ronald Meyer, from working as optometrists in their family practice to fishing and hunting on their time off.
"He is my best friend and we do everything together. We do everything with our kids, our wives, and so we are a pretty tight-knit family," said Ronald Meyer.
That tight bond shined through last year when Ronald found out his younger brother, Ryan, was getting sicker and needed a liver transplant. Ronald stepped up to the plate and donated half of his liver to Ryan.
Ryan was worried about his brother's decision.
"A very high likelihood that he wouldn't come out of the surgery. So to put somebody that you love in that position, just to save your own life, is kind of a weird feeling," said Ryan Meyer.
Even with his brother's precaution, Ronald was willing to take the risk.
So how does it work? Surgeons remove a portion of the donor's liver because it is the only organ, other than the skin, that can regenerate and grow back.
Now they are both fully recovered from the surgery and getting back to having fun. They want people to be inspired by their experience and understand the importance of becoming a donor.
"There are 13,000 people in this country that need a liver donation and more than 13,000 people die a day. We just need donors in death," said Ronald.
Ryan was on the waiting list for a new liver to have a transplant, but as he continued to wait, he got sicker. His brother saved his life.
"First and foremost, I love him, he knows that. Every day I am grateful for him doing this for me. I have a six-year-old boy at home. I still get to be his dad," Ryan said.
You can save someone's life by becoming a living donor or choosing to have your organs donated when you pass away.
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