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    Graham McMillan and Danny Kolzow are recovering after a kidney donation Wednesday. It has been nearly five years since NBC 5's Kristi Nelson donated a kidney to her mother, and she recounts that process. (Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016)

    Born with a rare disease and just days away from kidney failure, Fort Worth nurse Danny Kolzow is getting a lifeline from a longtime friend. 

    Graham McMillan is donating one of his kidneys to Kolzow. 

    The operation took place Wednesday at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth – the same hospital where Kolzow works.

    Wednesday afternoon, Mary Kolzow, mother of Danny Kolzow, and Claire McMillan, wife of Graham McMillan, shared a joint statement: Danny and Graham are recovering, doing well and praising Jesus. We have felt loved, encouraged and cared for by the hospital staff. Praise God for his faithfulness through this process. Thank you for the many prayers that have been answered."

    McMillan said he wanted to break the news to Kolzow in a special way, so he made arrangements with other nurses to give him the news at work. The moment, posted on Vimeo, has now been viewed more than 800,000 times. 

    He showed up with a sign that read, "Heard urine need of a kidney. Want mine?" 

    "Pretty funny, right?" McMillan said. "Let's do this." 

    He walked down a hallway and delivered the news to his shocked friend. 

    The two hugged as other nurses wept. 

    "My kidney's going inside that body right there," McMillan said as the two embraced. 

    The two met while they were students at Texas Christian University and kept in touch. 

    McMillan, a youth pastor, agreed to get tested to see if one of his kidneys would be compatible. 

    It was a match. 

    "Just to get the news, something I've been waiting for for so long," Kolzow said. "And it's incredible news, that I get to not have to worry, I am going to get this lifesaving organ that I need. It's incredible." 

    The two men credit their faith with making it happen. 

    "I'm getting a transplant literally the week before I would have to start dialysis," Kolzow said. "It's just perfect timing."