This is an unbelievable story coming out of Texas. A U.S. Army Specialist, Ricky Glenn, has been serving in Afghanistan, but he returned to Texas last week to give his dying-Vietnam veteran grandfather a part of his liver. The grandfather has a rare genetic disorder, and when it wasn’t looking good, this amazing soldier jumped up to save his grandpa. This is the workings of a real hero.
Duty to his country called U.S. Army Specialist Ricky Glenn Henderson to Afghanistan. Now duty to his family is calling him back to Texas, where he hopes to donate a majority of his liver to his dying Vietnam Vet grandfather.
Henderson flew back from Afghanistan last week determined to give the gift of life to his very sick 62-year-old- grandfather, Rickey Homer.
“The loss and the regret of me not doing anything would have outweighed this. I’m the firstborn grandson; I carry my grandfather’s name,” Henderson told KLTV, the ABC affiliate in East Texas.
Henderson arranged with his commanding officer to be flown back from Afghanistan to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas to be tested as a match. He began undergoing the tests Wednesday. If he is a match, he will donate 60 percent of his own liver to Homer.
“I don’t want to look back and say, ‘Hey, I could have done something,’” Henderson told ABCNews.com.
The 21-year-old soldier told his granddad what he intended to do in a call from Afghanistan. Homer was shocked.
“He’s like, ‘Why? You’re young,’” Henderson said. “I had to sit there and explain, ‘You’re my granddad. I want to do this. You still have stuff that you need to be around for.’”