David and Gary Cato are used to recycling waste, but they may be about to recycle Gary’s kidney so he can help save his big brother.
David, who has a four-month-old baby, has suffered serious kidney problems since he was two and with his condition getting worse he needs a transplant by the end of the year.
The 33 year old has been on the waiting list for five years and Gary, who works with him as part of Aylesbury Vale District Council’s waste team, is the best match so far.
Father Gary, 22, says he had no hesitations about agreeing to help his brother.
He said: “As soon as I found out he needed a kidney I wanted to go for it straight away.
“He’s done so much for me since I can remember, this is a way of giving something back.
“I do get quite worried now and then but if it helps my brother it’s worth it.”
Waste truck driver David’s condition, FSGS, means his kidney’s function at just 3% and if he does not get a transplant he will have to go on dialysis. He is still in full time work but that would change without the operation.
David said: “I feel great that I’ve got the family behind me and willing to do this for me.”
As it is not a perfect match there is a risk David’s body will reject Gary’s kidney and they are still hoping to find a different donor before it’s too late.