The bond between brothers is incredibly strong. Some siblings share everything with each other… even body parts!
On Brandon Lash’s 25th birthday, his younger brother Derek gave him the most incredible surprise anyone could ever receive. Brandon had been in kidney failure since he was just 23 years-old, and he was starting to lose hope about finding a donor.
His parents, Beth and Steve Lash of Pennsylvania, had both been tested to see if they were a match so that they could donate, but they were devastated when the discovered that they were not.
That’s when Derek decided to get tested himself to see if he had the power to save his brother’s life. When he found out that he was a perfect match, Beth and Derek decided to arrange for a the ultimate surprise birthday present for Brandon.
The brothers have always shared an extremely tight bond. They grew up leading an active lifestyle and always had each other’s backs.
“Brandon and Derek have always been close,” Beth said. “My hopes and dreams for my boys have always been for them to be happy, healthy and kind and to always stay true to their heart. I think their brother bond will get even stronger, if that’s even possible.”
As the family gathered in their living room in December 2017, Brandon was presented with a giant birthday card. His brother Derek hovered behind him, and Brandon began to read the card aloud.
“I’m so thankful to have you as a brother, you have always been there for me, even though I get on your nerves sometimes. You will always have a piece of my heart, now you will have my kidney, too. We are a perfect match.”
Everyone in the room erupted into tears of joy, and Brandon broke down into happy tears. He seems genuinely stunned by his brother’s selfless gesture. Donating a kidney is difficult on a donor, so taking on the challenge of undergoing surgery and recovery is no small feat.
Beth shared the video of the family’s emotional announcement on her Facebook page, and she was shocked when the video went viral. Millions from around the world have now viewed the video and written supportive comments.
Please join us in wishing both brothers a speedy recovery!
Brandon’s surgery is scheduled for January 2018. Watch the emotional video below, and please share this story to spread the love.